Marco Asensio has arrived, ladies and gentleman.
The 21-year-old scored a stunning goal in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup and followed it up with an even better strike in last night’s return fixture.
Asensio stepped up in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence. And his emergence has left Real supporters confident that Los Blancos already have Ronaldo’s heir at the Bernabeu.
What made Asensio’s performances in both matches even sweeter was the fact that Barcelona could have signed him from Mallorca in 2014, but the Blaugrana didn’t want to pay a straight up fee of €4.5 million.
"Barca said, 'No, we're not able.' They lost the opportunity," Asensio’s agent Horacio Gaggioli told Bleacher Report.
Now, Barça will probably have to worry about Asensio for the next decade.
The Spaniard effectively ended the contest when he gave Real the lead in the fourth minute on Wednesday night.
Asensio received the ball 30 yards from goal and sent a thunderous effort into the top corner, leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen stranded.
It’s well worth watching again.
Watch: Asensio's goal
Watch: Messi's reaction was captured
The goal was captured from all angles and ESPN have managed to record Lionel Messi’s reaction to it.
The Argentinian looked crestfallen, almost as if he knew any hope Barcelona had was gone.
Check out the footage below.
Ceballos: 'My jaw dropped'
Dani Ceballos, who has played with Asensio for Spain’s Under-21 side, had a brilliant react to his teammate’s screamer.
"When I saw his goal my jaw dropped," Ceballos said, per Reuters.
"What Marco keeps doing does not surprise me, I have known him for three years. He has the talent to keep doing what he´s doing in big games and against great teams."
Asensio, who has already represented Spain’s senior squad and could be on the plane to Russia for next year’s World Cup, said Real fully deserved to win the trophy.
"My two goals in the Spanish Super Cup were great and I will look back on them fondly," he said, per beIN Sports. "The fans show us incredible support and so naturally we want to reward them with titles.
"We were playing at home and had to really turn it on, and we created opportunities, we played the better football over the tie."
He’s right. And if Real continue to play at such a high level this season, they will be incredibly tough to beat.
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