Real Madrid A hero in Milan, a pillar of the squad and a soldier for Zidane
Lucas Vazquez is closing in on 200 appearances for Real Madrid, a shirt that he’s always given everything for.
He arrived at the club at 16 and was climbing through the ranks until 2012/13 when he was handed a professional debut for Castilla. He set off on loan to Espanyol in 2014/15 and a year later he returned to the club of his dreams.
His good work in Barcelona didn’t go unnoticed by Rafa Benitez, who requested his return. He debuted in pre-season against Oviedo and opened the scoring in a 5-1 win.
Lucas‘ arrival helped Madrid to adhere to new Champions League rules surrounding home-grown players, but he’s gone on to show he’s there for reasons beyond that by making 191 appearances for the club, winning LaLiga Santander and three consecutive Champions Leagues.
It wasn’t just Benitez who liked him, but Zinedine Zidane too. Lucas played in 50 of the 60 Madrid matches in their double-winning season.
He contributed even more in 2017/18, being involved in 53 of Los Blancos’ 62 games, only missing the match day squad on one occasion. That season saw his best figures at the club, scoring eight goals and providing 16 assists.
His role remained constant with Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari too, and that stayed the same once Zidane returned.
Twenty-two goals, 44 assists, an incredible honours’ list under his belt, he has a lot of memories at Madrid.
But few stand out more than his walk to the penalty spot in Milan. Stepping up first, Lucas strolled from the halfway line spinning the ball like a boy in a schoolyard before dispatching his penalty perfectly and sending Los Blancos on their way to their 11th European Cup.