Marco Asensio

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Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio 2018.jpg
Asensio with Real Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Marco Asensio Willemsen[1]
Date of birth (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Palma, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 20
Youth career
2003–2006 Platges de Calvià
2006–2013 Mallorca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Mallorca B 14 (3)
2013–2014 Mallorca 37 (4)
2014– Real Madrid 70 (10)
2014–2015Mallorca (loan) 19 (3)
2015–2016Espanyol (loan) 34 (4)
National team
2012 Spain U16 2 (0)
2014–2015 Spain U19 12 (8)
2015–2017 Spain U21 18 (7)
2016– Spain 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:10, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018

Marco Asensio Willemsen (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾko aˈsensjo]; born 21 January 1996) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and the Spain national team.

After starting out at Mallorca, he signed with Real Madrid in November 2014, being consecutively loaned to his former club as well as Espanyol. Upon his return, he went on to win several honours, including two Champions League trophies.

Asensio made his senior debut for Spain in 2016. He represented the nation at the 2018 World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Born in Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands to a Dutch mother and a Spanish father,[3][4] Asensio joined RCD Mallorca in 2006 from CF Platges de Calvià. His mother, Maria Willemsen, died of cancer when he was 15.[5]

Asensio struggled with growth deficiencies in his knees during his youth, which only subsided when he was a teenager.[6]

Club career[edit]

Mallorca[edit]

After being scouted by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona,[7] Asensio made his senior debut with Mallorca's reserves in the 2013–14 season in Tercera División, despite still being a junior; he made his first competitive appearance for the first team on 27 October 2013, playing the last six minutes in a 1–3 away loss against Recreativo de Huelva for the Segunda División.[8]

Again from the bench, Asensio played the last six minutes in a 0–0 home draw against CD Lugo.[9] After impressing in his first games, he was promoted to the first team by manager José Luis Oltra.[10]

Asensio scored his first professional goal on 16 March 2014, netting the first in a 2–0 home win over CD Tenerife.[11] He was made a starter under new coach Valeri Karpin,[12] scoring against CA Osasuna,[13] Deportivo Alavés[14] and UE Llagostera within a month.[15]

Real Madrid[edit]

On 24 November 2014, Real Madrid reached an agreement in principle to sign Asensio.[16] On 5 December the deal was officially announced, with the player (who had been a supporter of the club as a child)[4] signing a six-year deal for a 3.9 million fee[17] and remaining with the Bermellones on loan until the end of the campaign.[18][19]

On 20 August 2015, after making the whole pre-season with Real Madrid, Asensio was loaned to RCD Espanyol in La Liga.[20] He played his first game in the competition on 19 September, featuring 86 minutes in a 3–2 success at Real Sociedad,[21] and he ended his spell at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat with 12 overall assists.[22][23]

Returning to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for 2016–17, Asensio's first competitive appearance took place on 9 August, as he played the full 120 minutes and scored through a 25-meter effort in a 3–2 win against fellow Spaniards Sevilla FC in the UEFA Super Cup.[24] He made his first league start 12 days later, netting the second goal in a 3–0 success at Real Sociedad.[25]

Asensio featured 23 times over his first season, scoring three times[26][27] as the club won the national championship for the first time since 2012.[28][29] He added as many goals in that year's UEFA Champions League,[30][31] including one in the final against Juventus F.C. (4–1) to give the Spaniards their 12th title in the latter competition.[32]

Asensio scored his first goal of the 2017–18 season with a 25-yard finish in a 3–1 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou, for the Supercopa de España,[33] He repeated the feat with a similarly spectacular effort in the second leg, in a 5–1 aggregate triumph.[34]

On 28 September 2017, Asensio extended his contract until 2023.[35] On 18 February 2018, in a match where he contributed with a brace to a 5–3 away win over Real Betis, he scored Real Madrid's 6,000th goal in the Spanish top division.[36]

Asensio made 11 appearances while scoring one goal during the 2017–18 Champions League,[37] and the club won its third consecutive and 13th overall title in the competition.[38]

International career[edit]

Asensio during a 2017 European Under-21 Championship match against Portugal.

After being a regular for Spain at youth level, Asensio made his debut for the under-21 team on 26 March 2015, coming on as a late substitute for goalscorer Gerard Deulofeu in a 2–0 friendly win over Norway in Cartagena.[39] In July, he was part of the victorious under-19 side at the UEFA European Championship in Greece, where he scored both goals in a semi-final victory over France in Katerini, in the 88th minute and in added time.[40]

On 17 May 2016, Asensio and Espanyol teammate Pau López were called up to the full side for a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[41] He made his debut on the 29th, starting in the 3–1 win in Switzerland.[42]

Selected in the squad for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship by manager Albert Celades, Asensio scored a hat-trick in his debut in the competition, helping to a 5–0 group stage routing of Macedonia.[43] Back with the seniors, he was included in Julen Lopetegui's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[44] making his debut in the competition on 20 June by replacing Real Madrid teammate Lucas Vázquez for the final ten minutes of the 1–0 group stage win against Iran.[45]

Asensio scored his first goal for Spain on 11 September 2018, playing the entire 6–0 home rout of Croatia for the UEFA Nations League and also being directly involved in the play that led to Lovre Kalinić's own goal.[46]

Personal life[edit]

Asensio's father, Gilberto (a Basque who spent his childhood in Essen, Germany), was also a footballer.[4] Also an attacking midfielder, he represented Barakaldo CF as a youth;[4] his elder brother Igor played for Platges de Calvià, as a defender.[47]

Asensio's goal celebration in the 2017 Champions League final was dedicated to his family: "I told them that if I scored then I'd run to where they were. I knew where they were and this is what I did."[48]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 December 2018
Club Season League Copa del Rey Champions
League
Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca B 2013–14[49] Tercera División 14 3 14 3
Mallorca 2013–14[49] Segunda División 20 1 0 0 20 1
2014–15[49] Segunda División 36 6 0 0 36 6
Total 56 7 0 0 56 7
Espanyol (loan) 2015–16[49] La Liga 34 4 3 0 37 4
Real Madrid 2016–17[49] La Liga 23 3 6 3 8[a] 3 1[b] 1 38 10
2017–18[49] La Liga 32 6 5 2 12[a] 1 4[c] 2 53 11
2018–19[49] La Liga 15 1 2 3 4[a] 0 1[b] 0 22 4
Total 70 10 13 8 24 4 6 3 113 25
Career total 174 24 16 8 24 4 6 3 220 39
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances and two goals in Supercopa de España, one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup

International[edit]

As of 18 November 2018[50]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain
2016 2 0
2017 6 0
2018 12 1
Total 20 1

International goals[edit]

As of 11 September 2018 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Asensio goal)[50]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 2018 Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain  Croatia 2–0 6–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

International[edit]

Spain U19

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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