The rumours linking Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio to Barcelona are gathering steam. The 26-year-old has already admitted that he will sign for any club once his current contract ends in 2023, and now some old tweets of him have only added fuel to the fire.
Asensio joined Real Madrid in 2014 from Mallorca of La Liga. The 26-year-old, who claims to be a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid, has signed a six-year contract with the record European champions, arriving for just €3.9 million.
However, three years before his move to Madrid, the versatile winger publicly showed his admiration for FC Barcelona.
The event dates back to 2011 when Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League final. On social media, Asensio had nothing but pure admiration for the Bluagrana team and their legendary striker Lionel Messi, who was on the scoresheet in the final.
“There is no one like Barça and less like Messi,” the winger wrote on Twitter, according to Spanish daily Diario SPORT.
He also previously admitted that he will support Barcelona in the final. “I’ll go with Barça,” he wrote on Twitter.
To say it was the only time he celebrated Barcelona winning the title would be a complete understatement. In the same season that the Catalan team won their 21st La Liga crown, he wrote on Twitter: “How great Barça is! Champions!”
Life seems to have come to an end for the 26-year-old. Should a move to Barcelona go ahead next summer, he would become the first major player to directly change the alliance between the two teams since Luis Figo’s controversial move to Real Madrid in 2000.
But for now, it is certain that Real have no intention of offering the winger a contract extension, meaning he will be a free agent in the summer, which in a way makes him the perfect target for Barcelona.