Everton Soares was the star of the show for Brazil as they beat Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday.
This has been a big tournament for Everton, with the youngster establishing himself as a critical player for Tite’s team.
He was at his best against Peru in the final, playing a pivotal role in his side’s 3-1 victory and Copa America success in general.
WhoScored had Everton as the man of the match in the game, handing him an 8.3 rating for the game, nearly a whole point better than anyone else in the game. A look at the stats shows why Everton came out on top.
First and foremost, Everton got himself on the scoresheet to open the scoring with a superbly taken effort early on. He also won the penalty that secured the game with a surging run at the death.
He was not in the top five for touches, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t impress. His 59 touches were the most of any of Brazil’s front three and the most of any forward in the game.
Meanwhile, his four attempted dribbles had him in the top five overall in the game, and his three successful dribbles were the second most in the game. His dribble success of 75% was also the best of Brazil’s forwards.
In terms of shots, Everton had just the one, but that was enough to put him in the top five. His one shot on target also put him in the top five in that regard as well.
On the defence
Elsewhere, he posted two attempted tackles, won both of them and thus enjoyed a tackle success of 100%. He also posted two clearances, demonstrating his willingness to get back and defend as well.
He was not in the top five for passes or accurate passes, but one key pass meant he sneaked into the top five for that statistic. Overall it was an impressive performance from the 23-year-old, who will undoubtedly have half of Europe chasing his signature this summer.
His performances at this Copa America have been exemplary and certainly put him in the spotlight. Indeed, there is already talk of several big clubs being ready to duke it out for his signature.
The question now is whether he can perform as he has at this tournament regularly. Everton certainly has the talent, but can he use his performances here as a base to build upon? That remains to be seen.
What’s a certainty is that performances such as this suggest that he’s ready to make the step up. Where he ends up next will be fascinating to discover.