In just six months, Nejc Gradišar has emerged as one of the hottest young Slovenians: His goal against the USA is a significant motivation for the future
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If we say that only a few knew him before the start of the current season, we are not far from the truth. Experts knew that there was talent in his legs, but most were interested in whether Nejc Gradišar would be up to the challenges in the Prva liga Telemach. He was up to it. Very much so. Nejc Gradišar scored 7 goals in the 1. SNL in the fall, becoming the second top scorer in the competition, and for his good performances, he was even rewarded with Kek’s invitation.
On Saturday night in San Antonio, Nejc Gradišar secured a sweet victory for Slovenia by scoring the only goal in the friendly match against the United States of America. With a brilliant goal, he drew even more attention to himself and elevated his status a bit more.
Nejc Gradišar: “It was fantastic”
“I got the first opportunity in the national team jersey and I took advantage of it,” said the 21-year-old Nejc Gradišar after the match in Texas, not hiding his satisfaction. He added: “We had some good actions. The Americans played well too, but we were patient. We waited for counter-attacks, that was also our goal. We scored a goal and won. I have to admit it was fantastic to be part of the national team. The atmosphere was very good, we all understand each other. We already know each other well from our clubs, and it showed on the field.”
The forward from Rogaška, who has also played for Bravo and Brežice in the past, does not hide that the goal in the USA means a lot to him. “All of this is a very, very big motivation for me. Hard work has paid off,” concluded Nejc Gradišar, who is the target of many clubs, both domestic and foreign, but in Rogaška Slatina, they demand at least €400,000 for him. We have no doubt that their financial expectations will rise even more after this match.
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