Nigerian youngster makes full debut for Real Madrid
Versatile Nigerian winger Marvin Akinlabi made his full non-competitive debut for Real Madrid in their 6-0 trashing of Getafe in a pre-season friendly held at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium on Tuesday, September 15.
According to Spanish sports daily Marca, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane fielded two different lineups in each half.
Zidane used a three-man attack for the start of the game, with Karim Benzema flanked by Akinlabi and Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius.
The 20-year-old Nigerian started on the right side of attack, a role in which he impressed during the knockout rounds of the UEFA Youth League last month.
Real Madrid were six goals to the good by the end of the first half, with Benzema netting four, while Sergio Ramos and Sergio Arribas scored the other goals.
Akinlabi will habour hopes of making his official debut for Real Madrid before the end of the 2020-21 campaign, having trained with the first team since the start of pre-season.
Last season, he made 26 appearances for Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda División B – Grupo I, scoring three goals and logged 1,451 minutes.