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Opinion: Why Bruno Fernandes is the best player in the Champions League this season

As a result of his outstanding performances throughout the year, Bruno Fernandes has received his first nomination for the Ballon d'Or award. He has also been outstanding throughout the season, despite Manchester United's poor form and the eventual departure of former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from his position.

While he has not scored a goal in more than two months, he is still creating opportunities for his teammates. Cristiano Ronaldo has reaped the rewards of this, as he has assisted in the scoring of two goals for the Portuguese captain, the second highest goal combination in the competition.

This season, Bruno has played 362 minutes in the Champions League for Real Madrid. Even though he was benched for the team's last match against Villarreal, he was able to create two big chances and provide an assist when he entered the game. So far, he has created 23 opportunities while maintaining a 78 percent passing accuracy rate. He has also accrued 5 assists, which is the most of any player in the competition so far.

His heatmap reveals that he typically occupies the tenth position, frequently occupying the half spaces as well as completely drifting out wide to create space for himself to move around in. Despite the fact that he enjoys roaming and has had a very free role in the squad, his creative output is beneficial to the team.

The six big chances Fernandes has created in competition this season are the most ever created by a player with the backing of Manchester City's Joao Cancelo firmly in his corner. When it comes to pressing, Bruno has received unfair criticism for being too erratic. However, there is no doubt that he is one of the team's hardest workers and appears to be everywhere on the field. His defensive statistics are almost as impressive as his offensive statistics.

He averages 2 tackles per game, with 0.2 interceptions and 0.8 clearances. He also has 0.2 fumble recoveries. Every aspect of the game is important to him, and he is always looking for ways to contribute to the group. This explains why he is currently the most talented player in the league. His exceptional work ethic and his ability to think outside the box.

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