The story of Nacho Fernandez in Real Madrid began 16 years ago when, aged 11, he joined the Alevin A side.
Since then, that young man has grown between the Paseo de La Castellana and the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas, climbing the categories of the academy sides to end up becoming a fundamental piece of Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, one LaLiga, one Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana’s have been won during his time with the first team, and yet before all of those came another of the most important achievements in the history of the club.
Under Alberto Toril at Castilla, and with Jese, Carvajal, Morata, Joselu and along with his brother Alex, they got the longed for promotion to the Segunda Division in 2012 after beating Cadiz 8-1.
A life, in short, full of Real and national team triumphs.
With the La Roja jersey, he has been an international at U15, U17, U19, U21 and for the senior side.
He was part of the successful U17 side which won the 2017 European Championship in Belgium, and in the victorious U21 outfit at Israel 2013.
Nacho’s 16 years wearing the Real shirt make him the most veteran player of the first team.
None of Zidane’s men know what it’s like to defend Los Blancos’ colours for so long.
In fact, Carvajal, with 14 years at the club, is nearest to him, however, he left for a season on loan at Leverkusen.
Teams from the most important European leagues, like Roma, have been interested in Nacho’s services, but his desire has always been to stay at Real, season after season.