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Bruno Fernandes has equalled Frank Lampard’s record and now everyone wants a slice

27 goals Bruno? 27? That's insane...

Frank Lampard t***ing it in from 25 yards was a key part of the Premier League furniture.

Possibly the best long-distance shooter the top flight has ever seen, Lamps also possessed the cunning ability to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.

That is why, of course, his goalscoring record is an almost inconceivable thing of beauty.


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Mr Midfield Maesto

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Mr Midfield Maesto

Lampard scored 274 clubs goals from midfield during his illustrious career, including 27 in one season back in 2009/10.

That’s a record for a midfielder in Europe… but it might not be for much longer.

On the continent there is a new midfield sheriff in town, putting defences to the sword and soaring into the record books.

27 goals

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Bruno Fernandes is arguably the hottest property in Portugal right now, which is quite something when you consider the potential of Joao Felix.

Sporting Lisbon are a distant third in the Liga NOS title race, but they wouldn’t even be close without Fernandes.

The Portuguese star has 27 goals – equalling Lampard’s record at the weekend – and 15 assists across all competitions in a truly remarkable individual season.

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After that strike against Rio Ave Fernandes was typically grounded and humble about matching Lampard’s tally.

“It was a match of great sacrifice and humility,” he said.

“Matching Lampard’s record is a huge pride. I am very happy and now there are many more goals to conquer.”

That’s the daunting thing.

Talk to Frank

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Talk to Frank

Sporting still have seven games to play this season, including the Taça de Portugal final against Porto.

That gives Fernandes plenty of opportunities to go one better than Lampard before he almost inevitably leaves for pastures bigger and better in the summer.

Portuguese news outlet A Bola suggests that Man United are in the running for him but will have to fend off interest from AC Milan and a number of other heavyweights.

Fernandes’ time in Italy with Sampdoria and Udinese may also play a factor.

But with United so desperate for midfield reinforcements this summer, are we looking at Paul Pogba’s replacement?

Maybe, just maybe.