From Tranmere to Madrid! Marvin Park, a former academy player at Prenton Park, makes his Real debut when Zinedine Zidane’s side is held to a goalless draw by Real Socieded
- A former Tranmere Rovers youngster has made his debut for Real Madrid
- Spanish midfielder Marvin Park played for Rovers for three years as a child
- The 20-year-old replaced Rodrygo on Sunday in the LaLiga season opener
- Madrid was held against a draw by Real Sociedad as they wanted to defend their title
It may have been a disappointing season opener for Real Madrid, but Los Blancos’ goalless draw with Real Sociedad will not be forgotten for Marvin Park in a long time, as the youngster made his Madrid debut.
The 20-year-old product from the academy came off the bench to replace Rodrygo with 20 minutes to go, while Zinedine Zidane’s side wanted to break the deadlock at the Reale Seguros stadium.
Park’s senior performance ties in with a remarkable journey in which the Spanish youngster got through the ranks of a number of clubs before finding a home with Real Madrid, including Tranmere Rovers.
Former Tranmere Rovers academy player Marvin Park (R) has made his debut for Real Madrid
The 20-year-old Spaniard was introduced with 20 minutes to go by Zinedine Zidane
The midfielder joined the Rovers youth academy in 2009 at the age of nine and spent three years in the Northwest before returning to Spain playing for Ciutat de Palma.
He then developed with La Salle and Jonquet Penya Arrabal before Madrid picked up the youngster in 2016, and Park has thrived in Los Blancos ever since.
Park was unable to break the deadlock, as Madrid drew 0-0 against Real Sociedad on Sunday
Park, who has represented Spain at U19 level, was born in Spain to a Nigerian father and South Korean mother and, apart from his stay in England at Tranmere, has spent his life in Spain.
However, the 20-year-old was unable to make a difference for Zidane’s team, as Madrid’s title defense got off to a solid start with a point at Sociedad.
Los Blancos had a mixed season 2019/20, winning LaLiga for arch-rival Barcelona, but they crashed out of the Champions League to Manchester City in the round of 16.