Marco Asensio Willemsen is a Spanish footballer who was born on 21st January 1996 in Palma, Spain. He is a left-footed left winger who plays for Real Madrid FC and the Spanish national team. He also plays as an attacking midfielder and a right winger.
Asensio started playing football at the age of seven when he joined Playas de Calvia. He played there for three years and later joined Mallorca in 2006.
He made his senior debut for the reserves team during the 2013-14 season in the Tercera Division. He then made his debut for Mallorca team against Recreativo de Huelva in a 1-3 away defeat in the Segunda Division Championship.
Asensio then signed for Real Madrid in 2014 for a reported fee of €3.9 million and remained at Mallorca for the season. In 2015, Asensio had a pre season training with Real Madrid and was loaned out to RCD Espanyol.
Asensio first played in La Liga for RCD Espanyol against Real Sociedad in a 3-2 win. He ended the season with 12 assists and 4 goals for Espanyol. His performances earned him the Breakthrough Player of the Year award in the 2015-16 La Liga season.
In 2015, Marco was then selected in Spain U19 team for the UEFA European U19 Championship. He scored two important goals in the semi final and helped Spain reach the finals. Spain eventually won the Championship. Asensio won the Golden Player of the Tournament award.
He made his debut for Real Madrid in the 2015-16 season against Sevilla FC in the UEFA Super Cup and scored a goal in a 3-2 win.
His impressive performances in the club level and Spain U21 team earned him a place in the Spain National team.
Asensio made his debut for Spain against Bosnia and Herzegovina in an International friendly in which Spain won 3-1 in May 2016.
Rise to Glory
Asensio rose to prominence after his performances for Real Madrid during the 2016-17 season where he gave some scintillating performances for Real Madrid. He scored 3 goals and assisted 2 goals.
He made some crucial passes during the matches and also made some great runs which impressed Zinedine Zidane the manager of Real Madrid. He was part of the Real Madrid team that won the 2016-17 La Liga and UEFA Champions League.
He then played for Spain U21 team during the 2017 European U21 Championship, where he won the Silver Boot.
Asensio played for Playas de Calvia during his youth days and later joined Mallorca. Asensio signed for Real Madrid in 2014 and remained at Mallorca on loan.
Asensio then moved to RCD Espanyol on loan for one season before joining the Real Madrid team. He recently signed a long term deal with Real, keeping him at the club till 2023.