In the fifth round of the Champions League group stage, Real Madrid secured leadership of group C following a 4-2 victory over Napoli at Santiago Bernabéu stadium. The star of the match was 19-year-old Nicolás Paz, whose decisive goal broke a two-all deadlock, significantly contributing to the team's success.
Emerging Talent Shines Bright
Born in Tenerife and of Argentine descent, Paz played his fourth game with the Spanish club and scored his first goal wearing the Real Madrid jersey—a moment he described as a dream come true. His talent and contribution to the team did not go unnoticed, with coach Carlo Ancelotti praising him and highlighting the quality of the academy from which he emerged.
A New Chapter in Argentine Presence
The Argentine presence in Real Madrid is a constant throughout its history, with icons such as Alfredo Di Stéfano and 'Fideo' Di María. However, since Di María's transfer in 2014, no other Argentine had been in the club's first division until Paz's debut. The young player, born while his father was playing in Spain, chose Argentine nationality and was called up by Lionel Scaloni for the senior team.
Impressions in UEFA Youth League
Despite being unable to participate in the last Under-20 World Cup, Paz has made a significant impression in the UEFA Youth League and now in the Real Madrid first team. With a perfect performance in their group, Real Madrid advances to the next stage of the Champions League.