Marco Asensio’s Under-21 European Championship debut was just the latest example of a diamond continuing to shine after an astonishing first season with Real Madrid.
His first year with Los Blancos ended in style, with the young Spaniard scoring the final goal in the Champions League final win over Juventus that handed the club their 12th European Cup.
Asensio was decisive in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich, too, scoring what is perhaps his best goal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to help Real knock out the Bavarian giants.
When Real Madrid closed in on the LaLiga title, Zinedine Zidane opted to play a ‘B team’ for many of the away games and Asensio was key to their success, particularly against Leganes at Estadio Butarque.
He was vital at Eibar, too. When an excellent Karim Benzema pass found Asensio, he looked to set up James Rodriguez but the Colombian narrowly missed, leaving the Spaniard to finish with aplomb himself.
At Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Asensio showed what he can do by carrying the ball the length of the pitch with eight touches in just 11 seconds, before slotting it home.
His Champions League debut was just as impressive, assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo, he scored a lovely goal with his left foot.
As well as scoring the season’s final goal, Asensio got Real up and running with their first, showing his importance from day one when he scored in Anoeta against Real Sociedad.
Asensio also opened the scoring in the European Super Cup to begin the season, helping to down Sevilla in Norway.