Marcelo’s eight-year-old son, Enzo, nailed a header challenge in the dressing room after training on Tuesday to spark scenes of delight from the Real Madrid players.
The youngster was hoisted in the air by players celebrating his remarkable achievement of exchanging headers with each of them before nodding the ball into the bin.
A video was posted on Instagram showing Enzo heading to each player in turn. He nodded the ball to Sergio Ramos last before heading the defender’s return into the bin. His feat cued pandemonium in the dressing room as the players surrounded the little boy and raised him above their heads in celebration.
Zinedine Zidane is preparing his players for the final league game of the season at Villarreal on Saturday. Los Blancos lie third in the table and need to win at La Ceramica and rely on city rivals Atletico to lose their final match in order to finish runners up to Barcelona.
Despite the disappointments of a poor league campaign, Zidane is hoping to end the season on a high by delivering a record-breaking third successive Champions League title. Real take on Liverpool in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday 26 May and the Villarreal match could be last chance for some players to stake their claim for the trip to Ukraine.
Zidane admits he faces a selection headache for the big match. Welsh international Gareth Bale was considered out of contention by some pundits who believe Bale should look for a move this summer. The 28-year-old has started only one of Real’s six knockout games in the Champions League but has forced himself back into the reckoning on recent performances.
Zidane is quoted on the Sky Sports website as saying: “It’s better like this, to have everyone firing on all cylinders.
“Of course now deciding a starting 11 for the final is going to give me a real headache.
“He [Bale] played very well and I’m happy for him, but the important thing is that everyone is in great form heading to the final.”
The Real Madrid boss is hoping key players will be fully fit for the Champions League Final. Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have overcome their injury problems and were among the first team that trained at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Ronaldo has been taking it easy since picking up an ankle knock in the 2-2 draw at Barcelona on 6 May. Carvajal’s thigh injury was more serious and the defender has been out of action since being withdrawn from the Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich on 25 April.