Meet Mariano Díaz, the Plátano Power Who’s Captivating Zidane on Real Madrid

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Mariano Díaz is making waves on Zinedine Zidane’s Castilla squad, converting himself into a true legend of the cantera madridista.

The 22-year-old forward was born in Barcelona and started his youth career with local RCD Espanyol before moving to Real Madrid C as a substitute, where he accumulated 15 goals in 26 games, enough to shoot him up to Castilla action. He plays his international fútbol for the Dominican Republic, his mother’s native land, and is arguably the best futbolista dominicano in today’s game.

Curious as to what the young star is all about? This sensational volley to put Castilla up 2-0 against Conquense will enlighten you and give you chills, I guarantee it.

More recently, Zidane signaled to bring Mariano on for teen sensation Martin Odegaard in the 60th minute of Castilla’s match against Rayo Majadahonda. Down 1-0, Mariano lifted the cantera side in a heroic and glorious fashion, scoring two goals in five minutes to seal a 2-1 comeback victory. Keep your eyes open for this up-and-comer.