Lunin: family, Ukraine and Real Madrid

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Lunin: family, Ukraine and Real Madrid

Andrei Oleksiyovych LuninHe has become an unexpected protagonist in a Real Madrid in which Thibaut Courtois is the absolute owner of the goal. However, an untimely sciatica has left the Belgian in the dry dock in recent weeks, causing the Ukrainian to appear in the starting lineup in the last five games: Osasuna, Shakhtar in Madrid, Getafe, his countrymen in Warsaw and the classic against Barcelona at the Bernabéu.

Patience has been rewarded for a discreet footballer that the dressing room didn't know much about. Lunin, however, has earned respect and affection in recent months in which the Ukrainian has been very active in collecting money, food and clothing for his countrymen after the outbreak of the war. Andrei has his family in his country, & nbsp; promptly informed of what is happening. The goalkeeper has also been seen participating in Madrid in acts of protest against Putin.

On February 24, the day that Russia strong> invaded UkraineLunin was weighing one of the most important decisions of his life. After arriving in Valdebebas in 2018, following Madrid's payment of 8.5 million, and being loaned to Leganés, Valladolid and Oviedo, the Ukrainian had secured a place in the first team in the shadow of Courtois. During his stay in Valladolid, specifically on the pitch of the Nuevo José stadium. Zorrilla asked marriage to his girlfriend, & nbsp; the & nbsp; influencer & nbsp; Anastasia Tamazova. The response, as announced by both on social networks, was as expected and soon after they got married.

Turning point

On May 23 of this year, five days before the Champions League final was played in Paris between Real Madrid and Liverpool, Anastasia gave birth to a child. News celebrated by her companions during training. Until then, everything pointed to Lunin packing his bags at the end of the course and leaving Madrid in search of playing time. At 23 years old, and being a starter in his national team, he only accumulated five games for Madrid in two seasons. Betis, Granada, Éibar and some Bundesliga teams had shown interest in his future.

But after winning the Champions League and the League, Anastasia and Andrei made a key decision for their future: they would stay in Madrid to raise their son in a city where they are very comfortable.  The invasion of Ukraine made the player and his wife rethink everything, who prioritized the child's peace of mind, assuming their secondary role at Madrid. Andrei has always had the support of his teammates, especially a son of war like Luka Modric. Ancelotti has also praised his quiet work and has encouraged him to continue looking for his opportunity.

“Ukrainian people are strong”

In recent weeks Andrei has fulfilled one of his dreams. He had already played a derby with Atlético, “but my dream was to play a classic and win it”. A match in which he also had an important role. It hurt more He played in Warsaw against his Shakhtar compatriots while Putin bombed cities in his country.

“It's hard to explain, really. My family and friends are there and we're seeing how people are suffering. I hope it ends soon. For me, for any of us, it's no more difficult than for the people who are there,” he declared. on the pitch after drawing in Poland.

Concluding his message with a statement that could apply to himself: “Ukrainian people are very strong, they have a lot of force of will and surely we will overcome it…”. The same strength that has made him wait for his moment and enjoy a well-deserved role that everyone celebrates in the locker room, starting with Courtois, competition and friend.

Despite the fact that the Belgian is already working normally, Ancelotti will postpone it. his return next Saturday against Sevilla. Lunin's sixth consecutive game as a starter. The arrival of his son changed him  life. Not only personally, but also in sports.