15 May 2022, 22h22

Darwin and Rafa

Darwin and Rafa are the two SL Benfica names to retain in the 2021/22 season. They became, respectively, the top scorer (26 goals) and the top assistance provider (16 clutch passes) in the Liga Bwin

Darwin scores 26 goals in 28 games (0,93 per game), with five braces and three hat-tricks included. He also provided four assists, which increased his straight participation in Benfica goals to 30. 


Four out of the last five season had a red player as the top scorer. Darwin in 2021/22, Vinícius in 2019/20, Seferovic in 2018/19 and Jonas in 2017/18 

His 26 goals have particularities and characteristics, that were analyzed by the Official Website. Darwin finished the Liga Bwin with 16 goals scored with the right footfive with the left and five with the head.

25 out of the 26 goals were scored inside the box; Curiously, he revealed the same propensity to score at Luz or away: 13 goals.


Darwin finished the Liga Bwin with 16 goals scored with the right foot, five with the left and five with the head.

Darwin likes to score early in the game and, therefore, netted the ball more in the 1st half. He registered 15 in the first 45 minutes and 11 in the 2nd half. From the 26, four were scored from penalty kicks.

Darwin is assisted many times by his teammates. This scenario was a reality in 19 goals, in a total of 11 assistance providers. In that aspect, Rafa was the one to "feed" the Uruguayan the most, with six assists, followed by Everton, Taarabt and João Mário, with twoLucas Veríssimo, Diogo Gonçalves, Weigl, Grimaldo, Yaremchuk, Gilberto and Vertonghen complete the list with only one



In 2021/22, the crown was conquered by Rafa, with 16 assists, doing the same as Pizzi did in 2019/20 and in 2018/19.


The 16 assists of the Portuguese international had 8 receivers, while Darwin was the one to enjoy it the most: six clutch passes

The 16 assists of the Portuguese international had 8 receivers, while Darwin was the one to enjoy it the most: six clutch passes. The Ukrainian Yaremchuk received three passes to score and Seferovic twoJoão Mário, Everton, Gilberto, Gonçalo Ramos and Taarabt were assisted once by Rafa.

Text: Marco Rebelo
Photos: Archive / SL Benfica
Last update: Monday, May 16, 2022

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