- Andriy Lunin has anchored Ukraine’s run to the knockout phase
- The goalkeeper joined Los Merengues in 2018
- He speaks about Poland 2019 and his hopes with Real Madrid
The FIFA U-20 World Cup has long been a springboard for players who have gone on to make their mark on world football history. Poland 2019 is no exception to that rule, with Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin just one of many players dreaming of making their mark on the competition.
Lunin has already won his first senior cap for his country, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 friendly draw against Saudi Arabia on 23 March 2018. Further caps have come his way since then.
The Ukrainian keeper attracted the attention of several European clubs, including Liverpool and Roma, while at Zorya Luhansk. He put pen to paper on a six-year contract with Real Madrid in 2018 and spent last season on loan at Leganes to gain experience.
“My dream wasn’t just to sign for Real but to be the first-choice keeper there,” he told FIFA.com. “That’s why I keep on working hard.”
The prospect of working under Zinedine Zidane, who is back at the Bernabeu after leaving last summer, clearly excites him: “Zidane is a Real Madrid and football legend. It’s amazing to be coached by him and to listen to his instructions. It’s a dream for me to be able to learn from his experience, a golden opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to have Zidane as their coach?”