A season to remember for Darwin Nunez, with his superb efforts for Benfica showcased by the Portuguese. Benfica’s Portugal-based new striker, Darwin Nunez, has earned the Portugal League player of the year award in 2021-22. Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez has been named the Primeira Ligas player of the year in 2021/22 following a superb season with Benfica. Despite finishing a remarkable season with Benfica finishing 17 points behind the league winners Porto, the personal efforts of Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez were recognised by winning the award. Darwin Nunez is the second Uruguayan to be awarded the Portuguese Most Valuable Player Award. In contrast, former Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates was awarded the Players Player of the Year trophy after a superb season for Sporting CP in the 2020-21 campaign.
Darwin Nunez is about to have his first proper day in a Liverpool shirt at the end of the week, completing a remarkable run of form for Benfica by winning the Portuguese MVP. Liverpool’s new forward, Darwin Nunez, has completed a transfer for EUR 100m to Liverpool, which may well see him become the club’s most expensive ever player, should the various supplements included in the deal be activated, having become known for scoring goals in Benfica colours in the past 12 months. New Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez scored 26 times in 28 appearances in Primeira Liga during the Benfica campaign, reaching 34 goals in 41 across all competitions, including six in the Champions League. Striker Darwin Nunez was also in the limelight of last season’s Champions League, scoring a crucial goal in the Round of 16 ties with Ajax, followed by goals in both legs against Liverpool.
Darwin Nunez scored an incredible 26 goals in Benfica’s 28 Portuguese top-flight matches last season, earning plaudits just like Bruno Fernandes did on two occasions before signing for United. Darwin Nunez may have played occasionally down the left-hand side for Benfica including, briefly, for Anfield in the Champions League earlier in the year but he arrived at Liverpool with a reputation for being an unrestricted goalscorer, and his 34-goal haul in 41 games this season suggests that is developing well.
Darwin Nunez looks to be a natural successor to Sadio Mane on the left flank. After Diaz made a scintillating start to life on Merseyside and helped Liverpool win both the FA Cup and League Cup this spring, Liverpool believes that Darwin Nunez is another ready-made star for the Reds. It turned out that Liverpool had outbid their rivals, Manchester United, to sign Nunez for a reported 100m euros a deal which would have seen Benfica get 75m euros, plus 25m as an add-on.