Like the legendary Enzo Francescoli, after whom he is named, Fernandez and the River Plate are deeply connected. After joining them as a five-year-old, he made his debut 13 seasons later, under Marcel Gallard. And after a year on loan at Defensa and Justicia, he became a key player at the Monumental Antonio Vespuccio Liberti stadium.
For River Plate, Fernandez mainly played as a right central midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation, or as the “eight” as it is popularly called in football.
What is Enzo Fernandez market value?
Transfermarkt values the Argentine in the region of €55.00m.
A quick look at his stats shows that he has scored 10 goals and had seven assists in 28 matches, which translates to an impressive goal contribution of 0.59 per 90 minutes. With long-range shots being the first of his main weapons, it’s no surprise that four of those goals came from outside the penalty area. In general, he likes to shoot whenever he gets the chance and has a great shot, a combination of power with a sudden drop and difficult rebounds for goalkeepers.
It’s not just his ability to score goals that have catapulted him to the status of one of the best talents in the world. Fernandez is a creative player with great passing range. Although we’ve mostly seen him controlling play and setting the pace at the World Cup, he’s capable of making fantastic decisive passes, short or long, as you can see below.
When you add it all up, you get a pretty complete midfielder at 21, which makes the fact that Benfica managed to sign him for just 14.000.000 euros last summer all the more incredible, especially when you consider that teams like Liverpool and Manchester United needed a player like him.
In Portugal, he continued to be one of the most exciting playmakers in the world. Unlike Rivero, he now has a deeper role, as part of a midfield duo in a 4-2-3-1. That means he has more defensive responsibilities, but also has the field in front of him, allowing him to do what he does best.
With a buyout clause of 120.000.000 – although 25 percent goes to River Plate – and plenty of room for further development, Benfica will be reluctant to sell him, unless some team pays that astronomical figure.
Overall, Enzo Fernandez is one of the revelations of the World Cup, especially when looking at the younger players and he earned the best young player at the World Cup award with his hard work and excellent games.
At the World Cup in Qatar, he started as an option from the bench, and after two games he became a standard member of the starting line-up and actively participated in winning the world title. In the end, he received the award for the best young football player of the championship.
Currently, according to Transfermarkt, he is valued at 55 million euros, but the Portuguese, if they are going to sell him now, intend to get much more. In fact, it seems that they have no intention of getting rid of this gem after only six months, but if someone offers what they are looking for, it will happen.