Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 14h00

Seferovic: top scorer award in his hand and plunge into the Reconquest

Football

The forward from Benfica scored 23 goals in the 2018/19 Liga NOS and received the "Bola de Prata" (silver ball), a trophy awarded annually by the newspaper "A Bola" to the top scorer of the Championship.

In the 29 rounds he played in the 2018/19 Liga NOS 2018/19, Seferovic turned the opponent penalty area into his space of influence and decision with the number 14 jersey of the Champion Benfica, finishing the season as the top scorer.

The striker contributed for the Reconquest performed by Benfica with 23 goals and won the Silver Ball.

REWARD: THE SILVER BALL FOR THE TOP SCORER OF THE 2018/19 CHAMPIONSHIP

"Is a very good feeling, because I worked very hard to achieve this goal and it also has a great meaning for the team. We did a perfect job. All forwards like to receive this kind of awards, to score goals to help win collective titles. The season was very good for me, it will remain forever in my career. I remained at Benfica because I knew I could play and score goals."

Seferovic

23 GOALS SCORED: WHICH ONE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT?

"They were all special and important. For every goal scored, confidence increased, but I don't have any favorites.  It’s difficult to score goals in Portugal because the teams defend very well. Benfica always plays to win and it’s not easy to score goals in the Championship."

Seferovic

KING OF GOAL SCORERS WITHOUT PENALTIES: IT HAS BEEN 11 YEARS SINCE THAT HAPPENED

"Here, we have players to take penalty kicks: Pizzi, Jonas... they're players who've been at Benfica for more years. I like to take penalties, but that's the way it is in football: I have respect for all players. If I stay here many here, I'll also take penalties..."

Benfica-Rio Ave

WHEN DID THE INDIVIDUAL TROPHY TURN INTO A GOAL?

"In the last two matches of the Championship [Rio Ave e Santa Clara]. Until that moment, my thoughts were more in the sense of seeing how many goals I was going to score... In the last two games, I started to think I could win this trophy."

Seferovic

YOU WILL KEEP THE NUMBER 14 JERSEY IN 2019/20 OR WILL YOU ASK FOR THE NUMBER 9?

"I’ll keep this number. I’m at Benfica with the number 14 and it is with it that I want to continue at the Club. Proposals? I’m happy here, I have everything I want at Benfica. It is good for me."

svilar-seferovic-new_thumbnail

FIRST GOALS CELEBRATED WITH SVILAR

"Yes, Svilar is a good 'dude'. I get along very well with him. He would say to me: 'You are going to score and we'll celebrate together .' And so it was."

Seferovic

AT THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY, BENFICA WAS 7 POINTS AWAY FROM THE 1st PLACE

"It was not easy to keep believing. It was very difficult to recover, but we gave our best every day and in every match, and in the end, we finished first, It's our work."

Benfica-Rio Ave

CHEMISTRY WITH JOÃO FÉLIX

"We have a good connection in and off the pitch. I understand how he plays and knows how I want to play. That’s great. I hope we keep it that way next season. I think he will stay here a few more years. He has a lot of quality to become a great player."

Benfica-Tondela

READY FOR THE COMPETITION NEXT SEASON?

"I'm always ready. After this season, the more ready I am. If I start in the pole position? It all starts from scratch. We will work and then we'll see who plays. It's up to the gaffer."

Benfica-Galatasaray

MORE BENFICA IN EUROPE

"All is possible. Ajax made an excellent campaign this season in the Champions League. We can do it, too. Why not?"

Text: João Sanches

Pics: Tânia Paulo and Archive / SL Benfica

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