Real Madrid starlet Vinicius Jr. has revealed that he asked to play for the club's affiliate team Real Madrid Castilla in order to make sure he got minutes under his belt and avoid twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
There are several examples of former players who, when the time came to take the leap into the dugout, did so in the same team with which they debuted as players. We reviewed the ten most well-known cases.
In a game where the quality shouldn't resemble that of the Champions League final, Nacho Buil pulled of an incredible overhead kick in the style of that iconic goal Gareth Bale scored in May.
Vinicius Jr stole the show once again in Real Madrid Castilla's victory over Unionistas on Sunday, scoring once and demonstrating impressive technical ability throughout.
Whilst Vinicius Jr's potential is not in doubt, the Brazilian has been made available for Real Madrid's Castilla 'B' team in order to show his worth and he did so and then some on Saturday as he plundered a brace against city rivals Atletico Madrid B.
There are twice as many footballers from the island of Curacao playing in England's top divisions as there are English players in Spain but Real Murcia's Charlie I'Anson is happy to be in the minority.