Real Madrid Femenino winger Athenea del Castillo was one of a handful of major 2021 summer signings made by Las Blancas. And while many of the other players – Nahikari Garcia, Esther Gonzalez, and Caroline Møller being prominent among them – are exciting stars of the present and future, it is Athenea who has captured the hearts of Madridistas the most.
It is not a stretch to say that Athenea has both one of the most awesome names in football and one of the most electric playing styles in football. She is a joy to watch, and Madridistas have been enamored with her agility, skill, and fighting spirit on the pitch.
In Sunday afternoon’s rivalry match against Madrid CFF, Athenea gave Real Madrid a very latego-ahead goal with an outrageous strike, perfectly curled from a wide position on the left side of the pitch.
You can watch a video of Athenea’s wonder-strike in stoppage time below, which pushed Las Blancas ahead 2-1, courtesy of Primera Iberdrola’s official Twitter account.
So, so satisfying to watch these curl and nestle into the far corner, right?
Athenea del Castillo will score many of these goals for Real Madrid Femenino
Real Madrid sure love their wingers who can score goals by cutting inside, and the way Athenea hit this was delightful. It takes confidence and a high degree of technical ability to score in this manner, and we know Athenea is not short on both, having watched her over the past few months at the club.
This goal isn’t just beautiful to look at and wasn’t just vital to the eventual 3-1 win. (Esther put an exclamation point on the come-from-behind victory by scoring a very, very late brace!)
No, no, this goal is also a sign of things to come for Athenea and Real Madrid on two fronts.
Firstly, it reminds us of Athenea’s fighting spirit, which is a trait all players at the club must have. She is capable of winning games and doing the extraordinary when the team needs it most, and that is going to be huge going forward, including the upcoming Champions League knockout stages.
And secondly, this is a kind of goal Athenea will score consistently for Real Madrid. She is the future of this club at 21 and will be a world-class winger for years to come. In addition to carrying the ball and creating chances, Athenea will become a serious goal-scorer, and this kind of ability hints at what is to come from her as a scoring option.
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Beating Madrid CFF is a huge deal for Real Madrid Femenino, and a goal like this is one fans will remember for decades to come. Seriously, late, go-ahead wonder-strikes in rivalry matches are legendary moments, and they are star-making moments for young players. Athenea is going to be a hero for Las Blancas many times in the future. You can bank on that.