When Real Madrid take on Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup this Tuesday, a flood of happy memories will come rushing back to Marco Asensio .
It was in this competition that he made his name this time last year, following up his impressive pre-season with a stunning strike just 26 minutes into the clash with Sevilla in Trondheim .
That goal helped Los Blancos to win that match against the Europa League winners of Andalusia and earned Asensio his first title, while further convincing Zinedine Zidane that the then-20-year-old was ready to form part of his senior squad.
While that may have been his first ever senior medal, the Mallorca-born star quickly followed it up with more honours, adding Club World Cup, LaLiga and Champions League success, scoring in the final of the latter.
Now, Asensio is a key member of Zidane’s squad, but the curious thing is that he may not even start in this year’s UEFA Super Cup as he did last year, such is the competition for minutes in Real Madrid’s attacking roles.
Whether or not he does start this week in Skopje, what is certain is that Asensio will be keen to win another title to seal a magical year in which he announced himself to the footballing world.