Edouardo Camavinga is one of football’s most promising prospects and he got his Real Madrid career off to a perfect start by scoring on Sunday in Los Blancos’ 5-2 win over Celta Vigo.
The Frenchman came on as a substitute and scored within five minutes of his introduction, scoring the last goal of the rout after compatriot Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick and Vinicus Junior was also put on the scoresheet. .
It has been a remarkable increase for the 18-year-old, who joined Spain giants Rennes for £ 37million on the deadline day.
His way to the top has been anything but a smooth one, however.
Born in Angola in 2002, Camavinga grew up in a desperately poor community and two years after his birth his family moved to France in search of a better life.
In 2013, a terrible fire burned down her house and her family once again lost everything.
Camavinga fell in love with football and his incredible talent was clear to all, becoming Rennes’ youngest player in 2019 before achieving the same feat in France a year later.
And with great respect for everything Rennes has done for him and his family, the teenager decided to leave the club this summer for a very special reason.
Instead of waiting to become a free agent next summer, with a slew of clubs – including Manchester United – ready to sign him, Camavinga has sought to help his childhood club Rennes by leaving this summer so that they have pocketed a fee.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano explained the situation on his podcast on Sunday.
“When he communicated to Rennes that he was not going to extend his contract because he was looking for the best clubs, he had the opportunity to say that I can wait until next summer and choose between English, French, Spanish clubs , Germans and Italians, ”he added. he said.
“During the last week after meeting his family and his agents, he said that I wanted to leave right away because I want Rennes to receive money.
“That’s what they did and it was an incredible show of love and respect for Rennes by Camavinga and his family.
“Real Madrid have agreed to pay € 31million straight away plus the add-ons. It’s an incredible amount for Rennes as he was a free agent next summer.
Camavinga’s hardworking and humble nature brought him to the top at an extraordinarily young age, and he looks set to stay there for many years to come.
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