Enzo Fernandez has been named the Best Young Player at the 2022 World Cup, just months after Wolves reportedly tried to sign him.
The midfielder was named the top youngster at the tournament, beating off competition from the likes of Josko Gvardiol, Azzedine Ounahi and Aurelien Tchouameni.
It was a truly thrilling final between Argentina and France that saw the game finish 2-2 after normal time, and then 3-3 after extra-time.
It was Argentina that edged the biggest sporting event in the world at the Lusail Stadium on penalties.
Lionel Scaloni’s side are champions of the world for the third time in history.
After the match, individual awards were given out.
Kylian Mbappe collected the Golden Boot, Emi Martinez the Golden Glove, and the irrepressible Lionel Messi the Golden Ball.
And the Best Young Player award went to Fernandez, who put in a sensational display in midfield.
After starting Argentina’s first two games of the tournament on the bench, Fernandez then started all his country’s remaining matches in the tournament.
He was sublime, and seeing him hold his trophy aloft after the game will have stung for many watching Wolves fans.
Matt Hobbs reportedly even flew to Argentina to try and tie up a deal.
It never came to fruition, and the maestro then headed to Benfica, a move that would set him on the path to superstardom.
Enzo Fernandez is the real deal, and Best Young Player award for former Wolves target proves it
Fernandez’s stock will be sky-high following this tournament. He will almost certainly have ever big club in Europe after him.
Benfica won’t want to sell him next month since he’s only just joined them.
But it’s very possible someone would be willing to pay his release clause, which is thought to be about £105 million.
Wolves supposedly came quite close to landing Fernandez. His rise over the last few months is bound to give club officials sleepless nights.