The football landscape after the coronavirus pandemic could undergo a radical change even in the main clubs in the world due to the lack of economic income. A case to consider is Real Madrid, a team where the Argentine Francisco Feuillassier is a member.
The striker’s story is similar to that of Lionel Messi or Franco Di Santo, players who emigrated to Europe without having a passage through the highest category of Argentine football.
Franchu, as his friends at Real Madrid B tell him, arrived at the White House in mid-2009 at the hands of Juan Esnaider, a former River attacker among other teams. At just 11 years old, the Mar del Plata native took his first steps in the Spanish institution and from the first moment made it clear that his football conditions were those of a crack. A diamond in the rough.
After five years at Rayo Vallecano, Feuillassier returned to Meringue and managed to obtain the treble in 2016. That conquest gave him the opportunity to be part of the Santiago Solari squad, who at that time was the coach of Real Madrid Castilla, since Zinedine Zidane was in charge of the first team.
The Frenchman’s departure would take place that same season, after raising the third orejona consecutively, and at the beginning of that campaign Franchu fulfilled the long-awaited dream of making his debut in the First Division. His entry onto the field of play was in the last ten minutes against Fuenlabrada for the Copa del Rey, and in this way he became the second from Mar del Plata, with Esnaider, to wear the shirt of the European multi-champion.
But after living the dream of reaching First, problems and injuries appeared for the Argentine. The rupture of his cruciate ligaments in December 2018 was a complication in his career, to the point that it was only in September 2019 that he was able to set foot on a court again.
“I leave behind many bad moments, many situations that, well, are not pleasant, and from now on I think it will be all for the future and with a good face,” the striker had told RealMadrid TV after his reappearance.
Beyond the problems and the lack of matches for COVID-19, Franchu seeks to keep up the pace to be a viable card for Raul, current coach of Castilla.
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But the paths of Buenos Aires with the first team could meet again. Mainly because in the face of financial problems, Real Madrid would study the idea of betting on young promises from their inferiors and also evaluate the cases of those who are on loan at other clubs such as Achraf Hakimi, side of Borussia Dortmund.
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