Between silence, work and the war in Ukraine: the opportunity of Lunin, the “monk” of Real Madrid

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His wedding day, Andriy Lunin (Krasnohrad, Ukraine, 1999) appeared in a gray tracksuit and white sneakers. She, Anastasia Tamazova, repeated the set of her future husband although with white colors. They held the ceremony in Madridprivately and civilly, and its echo reached the sports city of Valdebebas, where they joked with the young goalkeeper throughout the week. It was, the people close to the Madrid dressing room say half jokingly, one of the few times they have seen the goalkeeper laugh out loud. the ukrainian of 23 years is he iron Man from Madrid.

The reality of Lunin cannot be understood, logically, without your country’s war. Of sober and even “mysterious” characterthey say from the club, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced him to be part of a media spotlight from which he has always stayed away. he has collected food for weeks in a local Mendez Alvarohas participated in events in Madrid together with young ukrainians and has even been seen in some demonstrations against the military action of the Government of Vladimir Putin.

“Live the war in silence”

«Live the war in silence, like a monk», they reveal from Valdebebas, where they highlight their «professionalism» during these years: «It is very serious, but only lives to train. It does not matter what time it is or what you have rested, ”they value about a characteristic that has amazed the locker room. The situation in Ukraine has the squad and the coaching staff on edge and at the time they were offered to take “a few days” to assimilate everything. But Lunin remained anchored in his professionalism. Nothing seems to affect him publicly. «It has never given a problem», they praise.

Courtoisas owner and referent, and Llopis, the goalkeeper coach, are his main supporters in the locker room. But they are just that, because the interior of Lunin is «a mystery» for Madrid. Cold as ice Before the war, the invasion has not changed their way of being, something that is respected in the Madrid squad, even more so in these circumstances.

The Ukrainian has a family in the country and is still waiting for all the help that can be offered, but now his professional career has taken a 180-degree turn due to Courtois’ injury. He was already a starter against Osasunain what it meant debut in this league and his eighth match in the competition (he played five with Leganés in 2018-19), and now he faces his first appearance in the Champions.

Seventh game with Madrid

Shakhtar’s seventh participation de Lunin in a Madrid duel since the white team announced its signing in the summer of 2018, more than four years ago. Since then her life and her career, which had gone at the speed of light, have hit the pause button.

In 2012, with 13 yearsI was in the quarry Metalist and in 2016, at 17, suddenly and as if in a flash, he made his debut with the first team of the Dnipro in the highest category of Ukrainian football. That summer he went to Zoryawith whom he disputed the Europe League and made the leap to selectionand in 2018 flew to the real Madrid. She was only 19 years old, but it was her time.

At the Bernabéu he went from protagonist to luxury spectator. From Ukrainian soccer star to second to one of the best goalkeepers in the world. For any other young player, having an elite footballer ahead can be positive, but there are hardly any rotations in goal. For three years, the board has tried to find him minutes in Leganés, Valladolid and Oviedobut has not exploded. Since his arrival in Madrid, Lunin has accumulated only 35 games20 of them with the Asturians in Second.

For all this, this week as a starter could be a inflection point in his carrer. His contract ends in 2024 and he will have to make a decision: continue with the Madrid Master in the shadow of Courtois or seek his own path, the one that for now will put Chamartín’s sticks low in the European Cup.

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