Marco Asensio is undoubtedly the footballer of the moment.
Since scoring a worldie on his Real Madrid debut against Real Sociedad last season, the 21-year-old has hit the headlines with a number of wonder-strikes, including the 27-yard beauty in Los Blancos’ 3–2 win against Sevilla in the recent UEFA Super Cup.
And having more-or-less established himself as a first-team regular in Zinedine Zidane’s side, it was only a matter of time before he was called-up to Spain’s national team, where he duly made his debut in May last year.
But the youngster could’ve so easily chosen to play for Holland instead.
That’s because Asensio (whose second surname is Willemsen) has a Dutch mother, meaning Holland took an unsurprising interest in him.
Even former Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy tried to turn his head.
Speaking to COPE’s El Partidazo during the week, Asensio said: “Van Nistelrooy called me to convince me to choose to play for Holland.
“I was chatting to him for a while, then he passed me onto the national team coach who told me he wanted me at all costs.
“But I wasn’t in any doubt. I decided to play for Spain”.
It was nice try, Ruud.