Brazilian winger named UEFA best Young Player of the Season

Brazilian winger named UEFA best Young Player of the Season

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:03 PM
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  • Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior has been named UEFA Young Player of the Season for the 2021/22 campaign
  • The Brazilian was the difference-maker against Liverpool as he scored the only goal of the game to gift Real Madrid its fifth Champions League title in eight years
  • He is set to be rewarded with a huge contract extension after a stellar season that saw him help Real Madrid win two major trophies

Vinicius Junior has been named the UEFA Young Player of the Season for the 2021/22 campaign, according to UEFA's Technical Observer panel.

The Real Madrid winger scored four goals in the Champions League, including the match-winner in the final against Liverpool.

The 20-year-old also registered seven assists in his 13 appearances.

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Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior celebrates with the Champions League trophy. Credit: @ghanaballers
Source: Twitter

In all competitions, Vinicius scored 22 goals and claimed 20 assists for Real Madrid. It's by far his best season at Real Madrid.

He joined the club in 2018 from the Brazilian side Flamengo. Vinicius Junior has starred this season alongside Karim Benzema as the Spanish giants won the La Liga and the Champions League.

Real Madrid To Hand Champions League Hero, Vinicius Junior Bumper Contract

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are set to reward Vinicius Junior with a hefty contract after his Champions League heroics.

His current deal is set to run until 2024 with an option of a further year, but the club wants to secure his long-term future at Santiago Bernabeu.

The Daily Mail now reports that the Los Blancos are ready with an offer worth 50 million euros. The deal will see Vinicius sign a five-year extension and will earn a fee in the region of 170,000 euros per week.

The new deal will prove how much Real Madrid values the Brazilian who, at only 21 years of age, has already lit up the grandest of football stages.

Outstanding Madrid Striker Emerges As the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season

Sports Brief earlier reported that UEFA's Technical Observer panel have named Real Madrid's Karim Benzema as the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season.

The 34-year-old was phenomenal in the course of the just-concluded season inspiring Los Blancos to a record 14th Champions League title and his fifth since moving from Lyon in 2009.

He found the back of the net 15 times in the Champions League which eventually earned him top spot in the competition scoring charts.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)