Joselu’s incredible journey from watching the Champions League final 2 years ago to being a fan leading Real Madrid to the 2024 final


  • Joselu scored twice against Bayern Munich to secure a place in the UCL final for Real Madrid.
  • Let’s get to know the Spaniard’s incredible story before joining Real’s first team.

Real Madrid reached their 18th UEFA Champions League final after a 4-3 semi-final win over Bayern Munich. Los Blancos have striker, Joselu, to thank for their incredible feat. Two late goals from the Spaniard ensured that Madrid were able to turn around their deficit and complete a historic comeback.

Joselu’s move to Real Madrid was surrounded by several question marks and controversies at the start of the season. However, the 34-year-old has worked hard to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeu and has now become a fan-favourite. Joselu has taken up a role as a backup forward in the squad and has been scoring key goals time after time this season.

Incredibly, Joselu attended Real Madrid’s previous Champions League final in 2022 against Liverpool, supporting his boyhood club. He is now living the childhood dream of being able to play consistently for Madrid and his two late goals have inspired his side to another European final. The striker’s emergence has been a major talking point for Real Madrid fans during the campaign.

Joselu’s remarkable revival over the years

Joselu was a part of Real Madrid’s youth team, Castilla, from 2010-2012. He also made sporadic appearances for the first team during this period but was unable to secure a starting spot on a star-studded attacking depth. As a result, he opted to move on and joined Hoffenheim in 2012.

The striker has enjoyed a career playing for several clubs in various parts of Europe. Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover 96, Stoke City, Deportivo La Coruna, Newcastle United, Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol have all enjoyed Joselu’s services over the past decade. Unfortunately, he has not been able to establish himself as a regular striker at most of these clubs.

Espanyol, however, trusted Joselu’s abilities and were able to offer him the team’s number one target man spot for the 2022-23 season. He repaid the trust with 17 goals during the campaign and as a result, was able to return to Real Madrid where it all started for Joselu Mato.

A look at Joselu’s season so far

Real Madrid have a huge headache to deal with Karim Benzema’s departure in the summer of 2023. There were several rumors linking the club with Europe’s top football stars including Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane but in the end, Florentino Perez made a bold decision. Espanyol to press ahead with a loan deal for Joselu. The decision did not go down well with the majority of the fanbase at the time and left Joselu with a huge onus to prove himself.

With constant injuries to Madrid’s frontline, Joselu has had to take on a starting role in attack several times this season. He has done a fantastic job so far with 17 goals and two a*sists. The 34-year-old was late in Carlo Ancelotti’s action against Bayern Munich in the semi-final and needed just three minutes to score a brace to send his side into the Champions League final. “It’s better than I dreamed. A night like this, you can’t even dream of.”Joselu said at the end of the game.

His move to Real Madrid even helped Joselu earn a place in the Spain national team. He was a key member of the team that defeated Croatia in the 2023 UEFA Nations League final. Since then, Luis de la Fuente has called Joselu regularly and looks set to do the same for the upcoming European Championships in Germany in the summer.

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