Marco Asensio

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Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio, UEFA U21 2017 c.jpg
Asensio with Spain U21 in 2017
Personal information
Full name Marco Asensio Willemsen
Date of birth (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth Palma, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
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 36 (7)
2014–2015 Mallorca (loan) 19 (3)
2015–2016 Espanyol (loan) 34 (4)
National team
2012 Spain U16 2 (0)
2014–2015 Spain U19 12 (8)
2015–2017 Spain U21 18 (7)
2016– Spain 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Marco Asensio Willemsen (born 21 January 1996) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and the Spain national team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands to a Dutch mother and a Spanish father,[1] Asensio joined RCD Mallorca in 2006 from CF Platges de Calvià. His mother, Maria Willemsen, died of cancer when he was 15.[2]

Asensio struggled with growth deficiencies in his knees during his youth, which only subsided when he was a teenager.[3]

Club career[edit]

Mallorca[edit]

After being scouted by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona,[4] Asensio made his senior debuts with Mallorca's reserves in the 2013–14 season in Tercera División, despite still being a junior; on 27 October 2013 he made his first competitive appearance for the first team, playing the last six minutes in a 1–3 away loss against Recreativo de Huelva for the Segunda División championship.[5]

Again from the bench, Asensio played the last six minutes in a 0–0 home draw against CD Lugo.[6] After impressing in his first games, he was promoted to the first team by manager José Luis Oltra.[7]

Asensio scored his first professional goal on 16 March 2014, netting the first in a 2–0 home win over CD Tenerife.[8] He was made a starter under new coach Valeri Karpin,[9] scoring against CA Osasuna,[10] Deportivo Alavés[11] and UE Llagostera within a month.[12]

Real Madrid[edit]

On 24 November 2014, Real Madrid reached an agreement in principle to sign Asensio.[13] On 5 December the deal was officially announced, with the player signing a six-year deal for a 3.9 million fee[14] and remaining with the Bermellones on loan until the end of the campaign.[15][16]

On 20 August 2015, after making the whole pre-season with Real Madrid, Asensio was loaned to RCD Espanyol in La Liga.[17] He played his first game in the competition on 19 September, featuring 86 minutes in a 3–2 success at Real Sociedad,[18] and he ended his spell at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat with 12 overall assists.[19][20]

Returned 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 for the UEFA Super Cup.[21] He made his first league start 12 days later, netting the second goal in a 3–0 success at Real Sociedad.[22]

Asensio featured 23 times over his first season, scoring three times[23][24] as the club won the national championship for the first time since 2012.[25][26] He added as many goals in that year's UEFA Champions League,[27][28] including one in the final against Juventus FC (4–1 in Cardiff) to give the Spaniards their twelfth title in the latter competition.[29]

Asensio scored his first goal of the 2017–18 season with a 25-yard finish in a 3–1 win against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, for the Supercopa de España,[30] He repeated the feat with a similarly spectacular effort in the second leg, in a 5–1 aggregate triumph.[31]

On 28 September 2017, Asensio extended his contract until 2023.[32]

International career[edit]

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.[33] 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.[34]

On 17 May 2016, Asensio and Espanyol teammate Pau López were called up to the full side for a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[35] He made his debut on the 29th, starting in the 3–1 win in Switzerland.[36]

Selected for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship finals 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.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Asensio's father, Gilberto, was also a footballer. Also an attacking midfielder, he represented Barakaldo CF as a youth.[38] His elder brother, Igor, notably played for Platges de Calvià as a defender.[39]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 December 2017[40]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca B 2013–14 Tercera División 14 3 14 3
Mallorca 2013–14 Segunda División 20 1 0 0 20 1
2014–15 36 6 0 0 36 6
Total 56 7 0 0 56 7
Espanyol 2015–16 La Liga 34 4 3 0 37 4
Real Madrid 2016–17 La Liga 23 3 6 3 8[a] 3 1[b] 1 38 10
2017–18 13 4 1 1 5 0 4[c] 2 23 7
Total 36 7 7 4 13 3 5 3 61 17
Career total 140 21 10 4 13 3 5 3 168 31
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance(s) 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 14 November 2017[41]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain
2016 2 0
2017 6 0
Total 8 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

International[edit]

Spain U19

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seguido desde hace meses por la élite europe" [Followed by the European elite for months]. Diario de Mallorca (in Spanish). 27 August 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Asensio no pudo contener las lágrimas al recordar a su madre" [Asensio could not hold back the tears when remembering his mother] (in Spanish). OK Diario. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "El grave problema que sufrió Marco Asensio en su infancia" [The serious problem from which Marco Asensio suffered in his youth] (in Spanish). Don Balón Rosa. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Madrid y Barça pugnan por Asensio" [Madrid and Barça fight for Asensio]. Diario de Mallorca (in Spanish). 25 February 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Linares reafirma el liderato del Decano" [Linares confirms first place for the Dean]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 October 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Los lucenses tiran de oficio para resistir en el Iberostar" [Lucences resort to know-how to resist at Iberostar]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Marco Asensio llama a la puerta" [Marco Asensio knocks on the door]. Última Hora (in Spanish). 4 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Asensio y Thomas dan aire a los baleares ante un flojo Tenerife" [Asensio and Thomas give air to the Balearic against a weak Tenerife]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 March 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Los imprescindibles de Karpin" [Karpin's undisputed]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 October 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Osasuna y Mallorca firman otro aluvión de goles: 6–4" [Osasuna and Mallorca sign another goal flood: 6–4]. ABC (in Spanish). 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "2–0: Marco Asensio salva del despido a Karpin" [2–0: Marco Asensio prevents sacking of Karpin]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 11 October 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "El Mallorca golea al Llagostera y sale del descenso" [Mallorca rout Llagostera and leave relegation zone]. Diario de Mallorca (in Spanish). 19 October 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Marco Asensio, Bernabéu-bound". Marca. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Marco Asensio, al Real Madrid por 3,9 millones" [Marco Asensio, to Real Madrid for 3.9 million]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official announcement: Marco Asensio". Real Madrid C.F. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Mallorca y Madrid cierran el traspaso de Marco Asensio" [Mallorca and Madrid complete the transfer of Marco Asensio] (in Spanish). RCD Mallorca. 5 December 2014. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Official announcement: Marco Asensio". Real Madrid C.F. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "El Espanyol se rehabilita en Anoeta" [Espanyol rehabilitate in Anoeta]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "Asensio crece en el Espanyol: está en el Top-10 de asistencias" [Asensio grows in Espanyol: he makes Top-10 in assists]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 17 March 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "El Espanyol colgará el cuadro de su internacional 43: Asensio" [Espanyol will hang its 43rd international in the rafters: Asensio]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 June 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "Dani Carvajal's late goal in ET helps Real Madrid win UEFA Super Cup". ESPN FC. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "Morata y Marco Asensio modernizan al Real Madrid" [Morata and Marco Asensio modernize Real Madrid]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "Fiebre amarilla" [Yellow fever]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 September 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  24. ^ "El Madrid se pasea en Eibar" [Madrid go sightseeing in Eibar]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 4 March 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  25. ^ "El Real Madrid, campeón de LaLiga Santander 2016/17" [Real Madrid, LaLiga Santander champion 2016/17] (in Spanish). La Liga. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  26. ^ "Malaga 0–2 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  27. ^ "Real Madrid 5–1 Legia Warsaw". BBC Sport. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  28. ^ "Real Madrid 4–2 Bayern Munich". BBC Sport. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  29. ^ a b "Majestic Real Madrid win Champions League in Cardiff". UEFA.com. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  30. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo sent off but Real Madrid easily beat Barcelona". ESPN FC. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  31. ^ a b "Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 (5–1 on aggregate): Woeful Barca dismissed as Zinedine Zidane's unstoppable side win Super Cup". The Daily Telegraph. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  32. ^ "Ceremony to mark Asensio's contract renewal". Real Madrid C.F. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  33. ^ Muñoz, Antonio D. (26 March 2015). "Spain beats Norway and strengthens the team (2–0)". Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  34. ^ Haslam, Andrew (16 July 2015). "Late Asensio strikes take Spain into final again". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  35. ^ "Pau López y Marco Asensio, convocados por Del Bosque" [Pau López and Marco Asensio, called up by Del Bosque] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  36. ^ "Nolito endulza un duelo atípico" [Nolito sweetens an atypical duel]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  37. ^ "Asensio scores fifth U21 EURO finals hat-trick". UEFA.com. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  38. ^ "El padre de Asensio soñó con ver jugar a su hijo en el Athletic" [Asensio's father dreamt of seeing his son playing with Athletic]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 22 October 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  39. ^ "Marco Asensio, la joya mileurista" [Marco Asensio, the mileurista pearl]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 October 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  40. ^ "Marco Asensio". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  41. ^ "Marco Asensio". European Football. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  42. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA.com. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  43. ^ "Marco Asensio, mejor jugador de la Liga Adelante en octubre" [Marco Asensio, best player of Liga Adelante in October] (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  44. ^ "2015: Marco Asensio". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  45. ^ "Modric and Asensio receive LaLiga awards". Real Madrid C.F. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  46. ^ "Saúl Ñíguez wins U21 EURO adidas Golden Boot". UEFA.com. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  47. ^ "Official Under-21 Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 

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