“Zidane has to see this boy.” Ferland Mendy shone at Olympique de Lyon after having trained in the PSG quarry. The son of Senegalese parents, he lived in a very humble family. Watching Ronaldinho play for Paris Saint Germain made him dream of being a footballer and he enlisted in the lower categories of the Parisian club. Until a hip injury at the age of fourteen led to arthritis, due to poor treatment, which led to him being tied to a wheelchair. At the Necker hospital “they told him to forget about football,” say his relatives. “But he believed in himself, got up and played again” to become an international player. Signed two seasons ago, his contribution to Real Madrid, as he demonstrated with his goal against Atalanta, is increasingly decisive.
When he left the hospital at the age of fourteen, “he went to Bullion, a town where he had to learn to walk, then to run and finally to play football again, even if he advised otherwise,” his family stresses. Already discarded by PSG, given up for lost, he signed for the modest Mantois and his performance led him to Le Havre, where he grew up in the best quarry in French football. TOThere have been figures such as Pogba, Lass Diarra, Aubameyang, Mandanda and Mahrez. Olympique de Lyon saw him play and he signed. His level was so excellent that Zidane was informed of it. Two years ago he signed for Real Madrid to compete for Marcelo’s position. He gradually took it off during the first season until he took over the permanent title in the last eleven days of the last league, which gave him the title.
Marcelo’s message, from “chapeau”
His price in the transfer, 50 million, put him in the target of criticism. “The best thing is that Ferland is that he is such a simple boy, so simple, that he does not feel pressure,” say the professionals who work near him in Valdebebas. “He is not brave, but he does not care what they say about him, he is not scared at all,” they warn.
Mendy was “adopted” by Varane from the moment he arrived at the dressing room. “Rafa (Raphael) guides him in Madridismo lessons,” they say from the bosom of the locker room. And if Varane is his older brother, Zidane is his father. Of In fact, Ferland is Enzo’s age. He is very disciplined, applied in training and in games. «Very good boy, humble», Varane has demanded that he study Spanish.
His goals and his rise through the band is a constant in Zidane’s strategy. The technician exploits his power so that he goes up to the top without anyone especially watching him, because he is not a striker. Vinicius stays behind and Mendy penetrates to the area to break defenses, give assists and finish. Against Atalanta he scored his second goal of the season.
Marcelo, a captain of the squad, has fitted his situation with a high view. He was the first to congratulate the team on social media on the Bergamo victory. He could have chosen any photo of a companion. He put one of Mendy’s on. Chapeau.