Real Madrid: Lunin, an unprecedented goalkeeper

Ruben CañizaresRuben Cañizares




From the injury of Casillas, which caused the signing of Diego López in the 2013 winter market, to the goodbye of Keylor Navas, in the summer of 2019, the goal of the Real Madrid it has been a roller coaster. Now he has a season and a half of calm, thanks to the indisputable ownership of Courtois and the considerable leap between the Belgian and the second goalkeeper on the squad, but during those six and a half years there were ups and downs of all colors.

One of them occurred with the signing of Andriy Lunin, made official on June 22, 2018. Six months before, Madrid had Kepa tied up, who was free, but Zidane stopped his signing and the Spanish ended up renewing for Athletic to leave then to Chelsea in exchange for 80 million euros. It was the time when it was non-negotiable for Madrid to have two top-level goalkeepers, and a third young man with a promising future who could take advantage of other First-class teams. Lunin, who was 19 years old at the time and was wanted by a good bunch of great European teams, fit into that profile. He Madrid He was ahead of all his competitors and ended up paying eight and a half million euros to Zorya Luhansk: “They had been following him for a long time and had very good reports. A tall, agile and technically gifted goalkeeper, but the signing of Courtois did not help him ”, explains an agent who knows first-hand all the movements in the goal of Madrid during those hectic years.

Lunin came up with the idea of ​​competing Navas for the title, but he found himself with Courteous just two months after landing in the capital. That same summer he played the Bernabéu trophy against Milan and, since then, he has never worn the Madrid shirt again. Tonight, against CD Alcoyano in the Cup, it could finally debut in official competition after two and a half difficult years.

U20 world champion

In the summer of 2019, Lunin won the U-20 World Cup with Ukraine, obtaining the Golden Glove, but that was an oasis in the desert. Before and after, Lunin has gained experiences that he never wanted when he signed for him. Madrid: «He will be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We’re convinced. His assignments have been a cluster of misfortunes that have no explanation, “they say from the white club. In the 18-19 season, he spent the entire season on the bench at Leganés, relegated by Cuéllar. The first half of last season, identical situation in the Valladolid, with Masip as a stopper, but Madrid was not going to allow another year to go blank. In Second, in Oviedo, they made sure that Lunin got between clubs every Sunday. Twenty goals received in twenty games, and six of them with a clean sheet. Personality, good feelings and minutes.

Already without Navas and the transfer of Areola, Lunin stayed this season as the second goalkeeper of the squad. «Educated, hard-working and patient», they define him in Valdebebas. He knows that the moment of form and the category of Courtois makes it impossible for him to compete for the title right now, but he never believed that a goalkeeper of barely twenty years old and semi-unknown would come to Madrid to become fixed in the eleven. “For him, this is a long-distance race. He is not in a hurry, ”they explain in Madrid, convinced that they have a great goal on their hands.

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