Achraf is the first Moroccan player to play for Real Madrid

05 Oct 2017

At just 18 years of age,┬áReal Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi is the first Moroccan to debut at the club, after he pulled on the shirt for the game against Espanyol.

It’s a day neither he and his Moroccan countrymen will always remember.

“I’m happy to debut in the best club in the world,” he said to reporters after the game.

“It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Already a fixture on the right side of defence for his country in spite of his young age, the challenge for the player now, in the absence of Dani Carvajal, is to do the same for his club.

He entered Valdebebas in 2006 as an eight year old looking for, as all of his teammates were, a future place in the first team.

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In 115 years of Real history, he is the only Moroccan to have debuted at the highest level, amongst 34 other nationalities.

Achraf is part of the fifth African country with representation in the Los Blancos squad too.

Cameroon, Mali, Togo and Ghana are the others.

They are close to the eight countries represented in America, with the two that have the best football tradition as the most outstanding.

A battle between Argentina and Brazil that the former wins by 29 to 23.

Up to 21 different countries in Europe have seen at least one of their compatriots wear the Real shirt.

France and Germany lead the ranking with 13 and nine players each.

The current squad has prominent members of both nationalities, as well as a Portugal that contributes six and with Cristiano Ronaldo as its best ambassador.

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