With Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all absent from Real Madrid’s starting XI for their Super Cup clash against Sevilla, Zinedine Zidane would have been hoping one of his younger players could fill the large boots left by the ‘BBC.’
Step forward, Marco Asensio.
The 20-year-old was making his senior debut in the all-Spanish clash in Trondheim, Norway, when he produced a moment of sheer magic.
Picking up a loose ball 25-yards out, Asensio took one touch before unleashing a terrific strike with his left foot that couldn’t have been more in the top corner if he had placed it there with his hands.
While the effort was simply unstoppable, Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico won’t want to look back at a replay of the goal. He put his hands up as if to say ‘that’s going wide,’ only to see the ball nestle in the top corner.
Take a look at the beautiful goal below:
Asensio’s wonder strike was cancelled out by Franco Vazquez in the 41st minute between last season’s Champions League winners and the Europa League winners.
Some of you may be hearing about this youngster for the very first time tonight but in Spain, he is hot property.
Del Bosque on Asensio
So much so, that former Spain manager Vicente del Bosque revealed that he was close to naming him in Spain’s squad for Euro 2016.
“We were about to take him to the Euros but in the end we decided not to because the competition was so big,” he told AS, as reported by Football Espana.
“He’s the biggest talent in Spain. He has a lot of quality, but it’s not my decision if he’s in the Madrid first team.”
Judging by that goal, and Del Bosque’s comments, don’t be surprised to see Asensio playing regular first-team football at the Bernabeu in years to come.