World Cup Dreams


He trained at Marcet, grew up in Real Madrid’s academy, and dreams of playing the World Cup for Spain. Meet Yeray Lancha.

Yeray Lancha had the Marcet Academy in Barcelona as one of his first training grounds. His development caught the attention of Recreativo de Huelva, where he spent his early years as a youth player and played two seasons before subsequently joining Sevilla FC, where he belonged for two more seasons until Real Madrid signed him for their under-18 team in the 2016/17 season.

Despite his youth, Yeray has clear dreams: “I’m at the best club in the world, and I undoubtedly want to make my debut for Real Madrid, but my great childhood dream is to play in a World Cup with the senior national team and have my whole family see me.”

“Learning from the best,” Yeray wrote in a photo with German player Toni Rüdiger on his Instagram account.

Yeray is a right winger who also plays well on the left and as a center forward. He describes himself as a player who adapts to any style of play, offensive and creative, comfortable in tight spaces, and with good changes of pace. He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet but also plays with his back to goal. He adapts very well to playing out wide or through the middle. He likes to use both feet for dribbling, passing, and shooting.

“My great childhood dream is to play in a World Cup with the senior national team and have my whole family see me.”

When asked about the dynamics in Real Madrid’s youth teams, Yeray highlights: “They take great care in developing their academy players, and it’s also a pride to have the opportunity to be part of this club since it’s very difficult to stay due to the high level of competition.”

His role models are his father, Cristiano Ronaldo, for his professionalism and commitment to self-improvement, Raúl González for what he means to Real Madrid and for making it from the academy despite the difficulties; and David Villa, for being a world champion when Yeray was 6 years old, an achievement that left a mark on him. For Yeray, happiness is doing what he’s doing, having his loved ones well and healthy, and spending time together. True friends and, above all, family are also very important.

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