A lot of responsibility lies on the feet of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, who’s aiming to hearth his aspect beyond Inter Milan and into the Champions League semi-finals for the primary time in view that 1990.
The striker is growing used to the stress, taking pictures into the global soccer focus in the course of the World Cup in December whilst he was picked to begin for Portugal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo inside the last sixteen towards Switzerland.
Ramos hit a hat-trick as his usa thrashed their warring parties 6-1, jumping into the limelight having made his international debut only a few weeks earlier, in a pleasant.
In March the striker dazzled in opposition to Club Brugge within the Champions League remaining 16 2d leg, scoring a brace within the five-1 win to guide Benfica into the quarter-finals for the second season walking.
Inter’s visit to Lisbon on Tuesday is an opportunity for the forward to put himself in the store window, as many other young Benfica talents have finished over the years.
The modern was midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who joined Chelsea in January for a stratospheric 121 million euros ($133 million) charge after triumphing the World Cup with Argentina, following the likes of Joao Felix, Ruben Dias and Ederson.
Ramos’s development took a leap forward at Benfica after Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez ultimate summer season for an initial 75 million euros ($eighty two million), leaving a void up the front, which he willingly stuffed.
The 21-year-antique ahead became the focus of the attack, having played a supporting position to Nunez and others since making his debut in 2020.
Ramos got here through Benfica’s prominent Seixal academy after joining the membership at 12 years antique, and almost a decade later a lot of Europe’s giants are chasing him.
The forward has been related with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea of late, at the same time as Patrick Kluivert encouraged his former facet Barcelona to signal him.
“I am very satisfied with Gonçalo Ramos, however now not handiest for what he did in opposition to Club Brugge,” stated Benfica instruct Roger Schmidt in March.
“I love his attitude, which he offers to the team. He is young, he’s scoring dreams inside the Champions League and it is everyday for him to attract the attention of different clubs.”
Ramos’s 17 dreams in 23 appearances inside the Portuguese top flight have helped Benfica open up a seven-factor lead on the top of the desk.
They did stumble to a 2-1 defeat in opposition to rivals Porto, second, on Friday, even though it changed into Ramos hitting the bar which forced Diogo Costa’s personal goal to open the scoring.