The plátano power in the Real Madrid ranks is fierce AF right now, set to continue on its upward trajectory for many years to come. Five, to be exact, because Dominican international striker Mariano Díaz recently became the first new signing of the Zidane era after the player and club agreed to terms to keep him in the capital on a five-year contract with the first team. AKA: round two of being coached by Zizou!
Díaz – a 22-year-old Barcelona-born forward who represents the Dominican Republic in international competition – joined Madrid’s cantera in the summer of 2012. He has played for Castilla in Segunda B ever since, converting himself into one of the dominant forces behind the team’s newfound aspiration and hope of being promoted to Segunda División. The young star, a creative target man with power and poise beyond his years, is Castilla’s leading goalscorer with 12 goals so far this season. Witness his magic for yourself below:
The contract renewal will keep Díaz in Madrid until June 30, 2021. It’s a positive sign – Zidane giving youth a chance – and only a matter of time until we see him suit up for the first team. He will compete with Karim Benzema and fellow Madrid youth product Jesé Rodríguez for the spot.