Throughout history Real Madrid have been famous for acquiring some of the best talent in the world. When they forked out under €4 million for the 18 year old Marco Asensio from Real Mallorca heads did not exactly turn. He has come a long way in his time as a Real Madrid player by being sent out on loan. Able to play on either flank or in a central attacking midfield role the young Spaniard seems to have the world at his feet and the eyes of football fans worldwide on him.
Born in Palma, Majorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands in January 1996 he began playing for Platges da Calvia who play in the fourth tier of Spanish football in 2003. Impressing when representing Platges da Calvia, Real Mallorca showed interest in the youngster and in 2006 he made the switch. He developed in the youth ranks from 2006-13. The next season saw Asensio represent Mallorca B and his performances started attracting interest. Playing 14 times that season and scoring 3 goals meant he advanced to playing for the senior team in La Liga 2.
In November 2014 Real Madrid made the move and agreed a deal for the young Spanish star beating off competition from Barcelona. The deal was confirmed in early December and he remained at Mallorca for the remainder of the season. More quality performances from Asensio only increased the hype. He also went to the under 19 European Championship with Spain – a tournament they won.
When he returned to Real Madrid at the end of the season Rafa Benitez played Asensio in pre season but decided he should go out on loan. He stayed in La Liga and decided to spend a year at Espanyol. Asensio’s new club finished 13th in La Liga in a season where the on loan prospect featured heavily. He played 37 times for Espanyol 18 as a central midfielder and 18 times out on the wing. He returned 4 goals but impressively recorded 15 assists. His performances caught the eye of the new man in charge at Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane. He created a reputation as a creative influence wherever he was utilised.
Back at Real Asesnsio started to work on getting in ‘Los Blancos’ starting team. He clearly impressed Zidane as he got a lot of game time. Mainly used as a left winger for his debut season representing Madrid he played 38 times. He was even used as a central midfielder on some occasions showing his natural understanding of the game helps him play in any position. He scored 10 goals in 2016/17 and created 4 goals. He featured in all of the competitions that Madrid played in in his first campaign with the Spanish giants.
The highlight of his season must have been coming on in the Champions League final in which Real Madrid took apart Juventus winning the game 4-1. Asensio came on for the last 8 minutes. While he did not start the game or get a major chunk of game time he was able to score in the game. This event announced him on the grandest stage of club football. If he was not already tipped for greatness after the Champions League win he was under the spotlight like never before.
Asensio was not content with having a brilliant season with Madrid claiming 4 trophies in total. He went to the under 21 European Championship with Spain. He helped Spain reach the final in which they were beaten by Germany. Asensio’s performances meant he was included in the team of the tournament scoring 3 goals.
His early performances this season have seen him build on the reputation that he has already made for himself. 4 goals, 2 against Valencia in La Liga and not just 1 but 2 special strikes against Barcelona in the 2 legged Spanish Supercup.
It seems that Marco Asensio will keep going from strength to strength in the white of Real Madrid. He has battled his way into a team full of stars. No wonder Zidance has not had to make major signings in his time in charge with a wonderful talent like Asensio forcing his way into first team contention. Expect him to play more this season and dazzle La Liga playing in his favoured central attacking role.
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