Real Madrid suffered a lot last Wednesday to beat Sporting Lisbon in the first game of the Champions League group stage. Los Blancos had to wait until the 88th minute to score with a superb free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo and, only four minutes later, Morata scored the decisive goal.
Sporting Lisbon were not the easy team most of the people expected. On Tuesday, big rivals Barcelona thrashed Celtic and everybody in Madrid thought that Los Blancos could do the same with Sporting, especially after the good start of the season. However, everything went rough from the beginning.
Sporting Lisbon had really good players, some of them members of the Portuguese squad who won the Euro in Paris last month of June. Some other players were just new talents in Europe but some Real Madrid workers knew very well one footballer.
Gelson Martins was a nightmare for Marcelo. The young Portuguese winger played in the right hand side of the attack and he was one of the best players of the game. His speed and skills left the defenders shocked and also Sergio Ramos had several problems to stop this player.
Martins is only 21 years old but really well known for some Real Madrid workers. According to Diario As, Real Madrid tried to sign him only two years ago. Los Blancos scouts found him playing in the second team of Sporting Lisbon and went to the Portuguese capital to ask for him. They wanted Martins on loan with the buy option. The idea was signing him for Castilla, the second team, when Zidane was managing the team.
However, Sporting Lisbon rejected the offer. They also saw a lot of potential in the young player and wanted him to stay. They were completely right. Gelson Martins has already played 33 games in Liga Sagres in the last two season, scoring 6 goals. Besides, he usually plays for the U-21 Portuguese squad and he’s one of the best Portuguese youngsters at the moment. Now, his value in the market has raised, so Real Madrid lost a good opportunity of signing a great talent at a great value.