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Poet of the week: Rafael Leao

The protagonist of our column “The Poet of the Week” after the thirty-eighth and final matchday of Serie A is the striker of Milan Rafael Leao. The Portuguese winger on Sunday in Reggio Emilia against Sassuolo it was once again decisive and devastating. In the open field he relied on all his speed and his physical overwhelming power, churning out three assists and thus putting his signature on all three of the Rossoneri’s goals.

It is no coincidence that Leao was elected best player of this Serie A. He has always shown that he is talented, but he never found continuity in performance. This year, on the other hand, he had an excellent performance throughout the season, collecting, only in the championship, 10 goals and 11 assists in 34 appearances. He has also made an important contribution in Coppa Italia (2 goals and an assist in 4 appearances) and in Champions League (one goal and one assist in 4 appearances).

He is Milan’s best scorer of the season and is first in Serie A for shots made, shots on goal, successful dribbles and touches in the opponent’s area. These records make him an overflowing player. Also, out of all competitions, he is the fourth most used player by Pioli this season after Theo Hernandez, Maignan e Tomori. It is certainly one of the protagonists of the victory of the Scudetto of Milan. His progressions on the wing have decided many complicated matches for the Rossoneri. When Leao leaves he is indomitable, and this year he proved it very well.

Now Milan need to lock Leao, because such a player will have several offers this summer. The Rossoneri management wants to speed up the operations for the renewal, but several top clubs, Real Madrid e Paris Saint Germain above all, I’m at the window.

The winger born in ’99 after this super convincing season, will be able to have his say also in National. He has so far collected only 5 appearances with the Portugal, but it is safe to bet that very soon he will take an increasingly decisive role also with the shirt of his country.

In conclusion, we can say with certainty that Leao is one of the most crystalline talents that Serie A has in this period. Milan must do everything to keep him, because only with these players can our league return to having the appeal it deserves at European level.

By Federico Poet

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