"He should be the most in-demand out-and-out striker in world football right now"
It's been a truly memorable season for the Porto striker this season, but after an outstanding display against Roma in the Champions League, he has truly emerged on the European stage.
With six goals in the Champions League alone this campaign, Moussa Marega has impressed in the biggest club competition the continent has to offer, and sits second - only behind Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski - in the Champions League race for top scorer.
Add 3 assists to that goal tally, all across just 7 outings in Europe's most illustrious tournament, and it becomes clear that he doesn't just have a keen eye for goal, but offers much more to his side.
With decent control on the ball, a fair bit of pace, and incredible strength to outmuscle defenders, Marega, when in form and up for a game, shows the desire and commitment that every manager loves to see in their target man to go with his well-rounded attributes.
And the Roma match epitomised everything Marega has to offer. The first goal Porto scored, for example, was solely made by him. Tracking back to win the ball, Marega sprinted towards the halfway line towards his own goal to go shoulder to shoulder with the Roma midfielder to win back the ball, before spinning and running down the wing on the overlap, eventually slotting the ball on a plate for Tiquinho Soares to tap home.
An exquisite 15 or so seconds that displayed extraordinary energy, strength and tenacity from the Porto striker, who singlehandedly created a goal from absolutely nothing. Without his hardwork, defensive commitment and unselfishness, that goal would never have happened.
Marega then got the second goal of the game, getting in between the defenders to run into the six-yard box and get to the ball first to smash home from close range. An easy finish in the end, but terrific positioning and an excellent line from the striker to stay onside and pick the right moment to charge towards goal.
And it wasn't just his direct contribution to goals that impressed. Into extra time, where the majority of the Porto players were beginning to tire, Porto were stretched and looked short at the back. But who was the guy playing as a makeshift left back to win a crucial tackle for Porto? None other than Marega, who despite having played the entire 100+ minutes of the game, was still the man that was taking the game by the scruff of its neck, contributing both going forwards and defensively.
The way he outmuscled former Porto centreback Marcano at the other end to win his side a throw-in was equally impressive. While Marcano is a big man himself, he got nowhere near the ball as Marega did everything he could to keep hold of the ball.
It was a terrific team effort from Porto, but it was undoubtedly Marega who impressed the most in every department. His value has shot up through this season - and clubs across Europe should be fighting desperately hard for the powerful striker.
Just to add further fuel to the Marega propaganda, it should also be noted that this is a man that was supposed to be injured for another month or so, but came back early, and still put in a man-of-the-match performance.
He may not be the most conventional on the ball, often looking rather awkward and uncomfortable with the ball at his feet, and when he's not performing he can be frustrating. But my word, does he know how to score, and how to graft. A manager's dream, and no doubt will there be plenty of offers for him in the summer.
Marega, 27, has 17 goals and 10 assists across all competitions this season