The upcoming season is a big one for Rafael Leao as he looks to prove to everyone that he has taken a definitive leap to becoming a top player.
La Gazzetta dello Sport write how 2022-23 could well be the season of Leao’s definitive consecration given his impressive growth during the last campaign, in which he scored important goals to help his side win the Scudetto.
With 11 goals and eight assists in the league last season, the Portugal international decisive contribution in ending Milan’s long Scudetto drought and the season that awaits him could therefore give us a player who is now complete.
With plenty of games coming up on three fronts in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, there will be ample opportunity for Leao to demonstrate his value. The addition of Charles De Ketelaere and Yacine Adli should also help him, while the World Cup in Qatar is the biggest stage possible to show of.
Leao’s valuation is now almost €100m and that figure could really be consolidated if he has another season where he shows his potential. With a coach who was able to stimulate his character and support the growth path of a potential champion, it might not be long before Leao is among the absolute contenders for the Ballon d’Or.