Asensio’s treasured collection

Marco Asensio has been in the Real Madrid first team for just over a year but despite his limited time on the pitch, the exciting winger has made an enormous impact already.

Under Zinedine ZIdane, Asensio’s rise from an exciting prospect to a player well on his way to stardom has been unprecedented in its speed; he has already established himself as an important player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

During the Supercopa first leg at the Camp Nou, Asensio sealed the win with a sublime goal to make it 3-1, announcing himself to the ever decreasing number of football fans who are yet to become aware of his brilliance.

As he bore down on Gerard Pique on Sunday, Asensio looked in complete control and after taking a look at the Catalan defender, he unleashed an unstoppable strike that left Marc-Andre Ter Stegen with a look of disbelief on his face.

The goal at the Camp Nou is nothing new for the Spaniard, and is merely the latest in a collection of his best work.

One year ago Asensio left Sergio Rico similarly hapless in the UEFA Super Cup final when he opened the scoring against Sevilla in Trondheim as Real Madrid won 3-2 and simultaneously announced his arrival to Europe.

The 2016/17 LaLiga season was not easy for the forward, who admitted that he had to get used to playing less minutes than he had become accustomed to.

In the season’s final stretch, however, he performed when he was needed and on April 18 he proved his worth in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.

Starting by intercepting a loose Joshua Kimmich pass in his own half, Asensio charged forward, before beating a team of World Cup winners in Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels and firing beyond Manuel Neuer.

In Asensio’s personal highlight reel there is a special place for his appearance in Cardiff, where he picked up his first Champions League winners medal, scoring the last goal of Real’s final victory over Juventus.

With the World Cup fast approaching in Russia next year, Marco Asensio will be high on the list of Julen Lopetegui, and with Cristiano Ronaldo’s suspension to hand him more opportunities in the coming weeks, his preparation could get off to the best possible start.

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