Real Madrid‘s 14th Champions League victory came about as a result of various players giving it their all over the 2021–2022 season. Out of these, certain players were so dependable that a lineup without them was nearly hard to fathom.
Additionally, there were Real Madrid players who did not play frequently in the top division but who yet showed exemplary character when given the chance to prove that they have what it takes to succeed at the best football club in the world.
Of course, for some, the race to stardom may be tougher than for others, but persistence and patience have always been essential at Real Madrid.
In this piece, I shall focus on three such players who, while not being granted much playing time last season for a range of factors, deserve to represent the club with more time on the pitch in 2022/23.
3. Sergio Arribas
When I ask who the most talked about and celebrated player from the current Castilla batch is, without a doubt, Arribas comes to mind, and deservedly so. Sergio Arribas deserves every accolade for the player that he is. The 20-year-old Real Madrid ace is a hidden gem who is on the verge of taking the world by storm with his feet.
The Spanish midfielder joined La Fabrica at the age of 11 and rose to prominence under the tutelage of club great Raul. Arribas was highly praised during Zidane’s second stint as Real Madrid manager and received some minutes with the first team, but something about that does not sit well with Ancelotti. Perhaps the Italian manager does not think very highly of Arribas.
Despite this, the starlet has continued to showcase his worth in Castilla, and the club continues to see him as a future superstar, for which he has been offered a contract renewal, which may finally tempt Ancelotti to try his hands on the midfielder, and there is no doubt the kid will not disappoint.
However, where Arribas slots in front of a midfield already stacked with six great names remains to be seen, but the season is long, and injuries and precautions may always find a way for him. Besides, it’s not like he can’t play on the wings and replace Marco Asensio, who may leave the club this summer, potentially allowing new players to join.