Geyse Ferreira: The Madrid CFF striker’s unforgettable season

Geyse Ferreira of Madrid CFF stands with her hands on her hips during a match
Geyse Ferreira of Madrid CFF watches on during a match. (Source: Marca)

With an astonishing 136 goal haul from their 24 league games, it is no surprise to see Barcelona players dominating the scoring chart. In fact, four of the top five scorers in the Primera División play for the Spanish champions. However, one individual has gatecrashed the top five and denied Barcelona a lockout. Step forward, the league’s second-highest scorer, Madrid CFF’s Geyse Ferreira.

Geyse Ferreira on fire

A total of 22 league appearances this season have resulted in a staggering 18 goal haul. To put that into context, that is one less than current top scorer Asisat Oshoala, one more goal than Lieke Martens, two more than the best player in the world Alexia Putellas, and five more goals than last season’s Primera División top scorer Jennifer Hermoso.

Perhaps what is most impressive is that she is the only player who has scored 10 league goals this season who does not play for a club that features in the top five of the league table. Far from in fact, as her club, Madrid CFF are currently residing in 11th place, with seven points separating them from the drop zone.

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To say the Brazil international has been crucial to her side’s efforts this term would be an understatement. Geyse’s goals in the league this season have made up 49% of her team’s output.

Without the presence of the 23-year-old this term, her club would be in real danger of finishing in the bottom two. In the 11 league games she has either not scored or did not feature in, Madrid CFF collected just three points. Astonishingly, 10 of those matches ended in defeat.

Compared to the 13 league matches where Geyse has netted, Madrid CFF have collected 20 points, thanks to six wins and two draws.

Geyse Ferreira’s 2021-22 season

As we delve deeper into Geyse’s season, it is impossible to not be impressed. Lesser strikers would have been disenfranchised by failing to score in the first two league games of the season. However, the Brazilian believed in her quality and went on to net eight goals in the next four games.

Those strikes proved crucial as Madrid won and drew two games apiece in that period.

Geyse Ferreira’s Four-midable performance against Betis

Amongst that goal rush was a simply sensational performance against Real Betis where Geyse struck on four occasions to guide her side to a 5-4 victory.

It was a display that showcased her finishing qualities. Every goal highlighted a different strength, in what was a mesmerising individual performance.

With her opening effort, she demonstrated her calmness under pressure. The goalkeeper came racing out of her goal causing panic in the Betis backline. However, one individual remained calm. Geyse took control, and from the left-wing, she rolled the ball into the unguarded goal.

In the 27th minute, she was celebrating once again. Collecting the ball on the edge of the area, Geyse neatly linked up with Kerolin before drilling the ball into the bottom corner.

With the confidence flowing, perhaps her best goal of the game was her third effort. With Betis pushing high up the pitch, Geyse set off from inside her own half to race onto a through ball. She used all her pace to drive towards the box before sliding the ball under Gaëlle Thalmann. The hat-trick wrapped up inside 42 minutes.

A fourth Geyse goal arrived in the second half. Latching onto another piercing through ball she powered into the penalty area and though the simpler option would have been to lay the ball across to Gabi Nunes, the 23-year-old fired home to complete one of the most iconic individual displays in the Primera División season.

Geyse Ferreira: Recent Form

Geyse has continued to dazzle throughout the campaign, and as the season nears its conclusion, she has shown no signs of letting up, scoring in each of her last five matches for her club side. Although, the Brazilian would have been disappointed to have seen red in the Copa de la Reina quarter-final defeat to Sporting de Huelva on Thursday.

Could she be Primera División player of the season?

On a personal level, Geyse Ferreira will be eyeing the Pichichi, but whether she finishes the season as the league’s top scorer or not, her 2021/22 season can be regarded as a resounding success.

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In fact, if I was to pick a player of the season for the Primera División, then Geyse Ferreira is getting my vote. Not because I believe she is better than Putellas, but Barcelona without Putellas would still win the league.

A Madrid CFF team without Geyse Ferreira, would be heading to the Segunda División. Undoubtedly, no individual has been more important to their team this season than the Brazil international.

Will she stay or will she go?

Although, her club side may have to learn quickly how to make do without their star player, because they face a near-impossible task to stop Geyse Ferreira from leaving in the summer, with so many clubs surely impressed by her incredible campaign.

Wherever her future may lie, one thing is for sure Geyse Ferreira will score goals, and any side would benefit greatly from having her quality in their frontline.

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