My Favourite Footballer: Celebrating Alejandro Garnacho

By Luca Cocuccio


In the amazing world of football, there's a rising star that demands our attention, my favourite footballer: Alejandro Garnacho.

Early Years

Born in Madrid on July 1, 2004, Garnacho started his football career at Atletico Madrid's academy system in 2015, before joining Manchester United's youth system in October 2020 at the age of 16. United paid Atletico a £420,000 fee, a significant amount for such a young player and without a professional minute played.

2021 – 2022 Season

The 2021-2022 season marked a pivotal moment in Garnacho's career as he inked his first professional contract with Manchester United. The spotlight found him when he scored an impressive solo goal in the FA Youth Cup against Everton, earning him a well-deserved nomination for United's Goal of the Month award in February 2022. This was just a glimpse of what was yet to come.

Garnacho's introduction to the first-team stage occurred at the age of 17, replacing Anthony Elanga in the 91st minute during a 1–1 draw against Chelsea. This moment, though brief, hinted at the promising future ahead for the young talent.

2022 – 2023 Season

May 2022 witnessed Garnacho playing a crucial role in Manchester United's triumph in the FA Youth Cup, ending an 11-year drought since their last victory in 2011. The young striker showcased his scoring prowess, netting twice in the final against Nottingham Forest. As the 2022/23 Premier League season commenced, Garnacho underwent a symbolic change, switching his shirt number from 75 to 49, signifying his transition into a more prominent role within the team. He marked this shift with his first senior start, contributing to a resounding 3-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol.

The international stage then called, with Garnacho eligible to represent both Spain and Argentina due to his Spanish birth and Argentine heritage. After making three appearances for Spain's under-18 side, he received a call-up to the Argentina senior team for two World Cup qualifiers in March 2022. Subsequently, he made his debut for the Argentina under-20 side on March 26, 2022, underscoring his dual allegiance.

2023 – 2024 Season

The 2023-24 Premier League season presented Garnacho with new challenges and success. In a game against Arsenal, controversy surrounded a late goal of his that was ruled offside. However, on November 26, he etched his name into football history with a spectacular bicycle kick from 15 yards, opening the scoring in a 3-0 victory over Everton. Football enthusiasts and experts alike hailed it as one of the best goals ever witnessed, a testament to Garnacho's exceptional skill and precision.

The Future

Comparisons to football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney have grown with Garnacho's exceptional performances. His impact on the pitch and consistent growth hinted at the potential to evolve into one of the world's top players. Manager Erik ten Hag acknowledged Garnacho's talent,

describing him as a "huge talent" and emphasizing his integral role in Manchester United's future.

Alejandro Garnacho stands as a beacon of skill, a young talent destined for greatness. As he navigates the challenges and triumphs of his early career, the football world eagerly watches this remarkable athlete and wondering what longer-term mark he will leave on the beautiful game.