Real Madrid’s incredible starting XI featuring only Under-23 players
Six of the eleven players who started the 2018 UEFA Champions League final for Real Madrid are aged 30 and above. One of those players, Cristiano Ronaldo, has left the club in the summer but the remaining five still remain an integral part of the first team.
It is clear as daylight that Real Madrid will have to replace many of those players over the years and they’ve already laid the foundation for the future.
The likes of Sergio Ramos and Marcelo started at Real Madrid when they were teenagers and they have shown that if a player has the necessary quality and attitude then there is a pathway into the first team.
The Los Blancos have some fantastic teenagers contracted to the club already and they have the potential to be world beaters in the future. In fact, Real Madrid has enough players on their books to name a starting XI featuring only players aged 23 and below.
The team formation used will be 4-3-3
Goalkeeper - Andriy Lunin
The 19-year-old Ukrainian shot-stopper joined Real Madrid from Zorya Luhansk this summer although there was interest in the player from other top European clubs.
Lunin made his debut for Dnipro aged 17 as the club had to sell their stars due to a severe financial crisis.
Due to the same financial crisis, Dnipro faced a deduction of 24 points in 2016/17 and was thus facing impending relegation.
During this adverse situation, Lunin announced himself to the world by keeping 10 clean sheets in 25 games while conceding just 23 goals.
The following season, Lunin signed for Zorya Luhansk and uprooted their first choice goalkeeper.
He also made his debut for Ukraine in 2017 and is expected to be their first choice goalkeepers for many years to come.
Honourable mention - Luca Zidane