American national team player Johnny Cardoso gets off to a spectacular start with Real Betis, winning La Liga in February for his efforts.  

The Brazilian midfielder, who joined Betis from Internacional in the winter, has had a great start in Spain.   

He scored his team's third goal in a 3-1 win against Athletic Bilbao and provided an assist in a 2-0 win over Cadiz in February.   

For his efforts, La Liga named the 22-year-old U23 Player of the Month for February.  

Real Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini told reporters: “He is very organised and intelligent.”  

Cardoso performed well against Athletic. He needs to adjust to the league, but he's playing well from the start.”  

Betis, in sixth place in the league, are in contention for European football next season after beating Athletic.   

Cardoso said he had no doubts when the chance came to score.  

I'm thrilled. I'm enjoying my teammates' company even though it hasn't hit me yet. Europe is our aim; we'll achieve it."  

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