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Ruud van Nistelrooy tried to convince Marco Asensio to play for Holland

The Real Madrid youngster has a Dutch mother

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.

Marco Asensio was the Real Madrid hero during incredible Super Cup win

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Marco Asensio was the Real Madrid hero during incredible Super Cup win

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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. 

Asensio made his Spain debut last year and has won fourcaps

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Asensio made his Spain debut last year and has won fourcaps

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.


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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. 


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