The best way for Dani Ceballos to celebrate his 21st birthday would be for Real Madrid to win the Super Cup, however the youngster has set his sights on an even greater prize; becoming Los Blancos’ No.10.
He could debut for Real in an official match on Tuesday night and the former Real Betis player is raring to go.
“There would be no better gift than being champions of the #UEFASuperCup,” he wrote on his Twitter profile on Monday.
But the reality is that the gift could be much better if he manages to play his first minutes in the white shirt, which would make him the tenth player in the history of the club to debut in a European Super Cup.
Luis Figo and Claude Makelele already did, the Portuguese and the Congolese playing in the 00/01 season against Galatasaray.
Two years earlier, in 1998, Robet Jarni became the first Real player to debut in this particular final.
More recently were Toni Kroos and James in 14/15 and, above all, Marco Asensio a year ago, the Mallorcan scoring a screamer in his first game against Sevilla.
His is a performance that Ceballos will try to repeat, seeking to trace the footsteps of his best friend in the dressing room.