Two years of Jovic's exhibition

It was the Serbian's best performance to date, giving Fortuna Düsseldorf a hand in 46 minutes. The following summer he was signed by Madrid.


October 19, 2018 marked a before and after in the career of Luka Jovic (Bijeljina, 22 years old). The striker, then a 20-year-old diamond in the rough, gave Fortuna Düsseldorf a hand for the biggest exhibition of his entire career. The next day his name covered all the covers of the country and his goals went around the world. He has just become the first player to win a Bundesliga match in Eintracht's history. And he was the youngest to do so in the history of the German top competition.

The first goal, in fact, was an absolute outrage. He received a center from the left that fell behind him and, when it seemed impossible to finish it off, he invented a resource in the form of a volley-scorpion to send the ball to the bottom of the meshes. It is probably the best goal he has scored in his career so far. Only eight minutes later he did another marvel: waiting in front, he impaled a ball with his left foot to score from the short post.

It would be the appetizer of the feast I was going to serve. Already in the second half, touching the 54th minute, he converted a goal from a real killer. He received a low ball from the left, controlled it from behind and finished off at the turn. Hat trick in 28 minutes, there is nothing. The fourth would arrive after the hour of play and through a low left-handed shot that touched the post before entering. The icing on the cake, the little hand, was left: a chopped header at the far post to make Rensing's stretch useless. His team won 7-1.

The player knelt, spread his arms and picked up the merriment of his fans, totally maddened in the stands at the recital they were watching. That season Jovic finished with 27 goals and was about to put his Eintracht in the final of the Europa League (they were eliminated in the semifinals, against Chelsea, in the penalty shootout). It was the year of the consecration of the one who was called to be a future star. Madrid, that summer, went after him and signed him in exchange for 60 million. The rest is history.

Not a trace of that matador

It was to put on the white Madridista and get the gunpowder wet. Under the orders of Zidane, who expressly requested his signing (as he acknowledged a few days ago at a press conference), he has never been indisputable and has only played 30 games, in which he has scored two goals. Both last season: at home against Leganés and away against Osasuna.

His goalscoring average in the capital of Spain is one goal every 15 games (another way of looking at it is that he scores a goal every 474 minutes). Zidane, this summer, preferred to stay with Mayoral rather than with him, but fate has given him a new opportunity to assert himself. Madrid continues to wait for that forward who, two years ago, scored five goals in 46 minutes. And that he was an idol.

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