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Andriy Oleksiyovych Lunin is a professional footballer from Ukraine. He was born on February 11th, 1999 in the small town of Krasnohrad, near the much bigger city called Kharkiv. Lunin plays as a goalkeeper and he is contracted to one of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid. He is one of the best prospects in European football.
Lunin started his career at the youth academy of the local Metalist Kharkiv when he was just 13 years old. After three years at the academy, he moved to an illustrious Ukrainian club Dnipro. After another year with their youth team, Lunin was moved to Dnipro’s senior team in 2016 and appeared in 22 league games for the club.
The goalkeeper only spent one season with the first team at Dnipro before he moved to another Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk. Once again, he only spent a year here and played in 29 games before he made transfer news when he moved to Real Madrid.
His move to Los Blancos came in 2018 when he was just 19 years old, so it was obvious that the club considered the transfer as an investment for the future. During his time with the club, he was sent on loans to different Spanish clubs, such as Leganes, Valladolid, and Oviedo. Lunin is still waiting for his first Real Madrid appearance.
However, the youngster has already made his debut for the Ukraine national team in 2018. So far, he appeared in 5 matches for the national team. That being said, Lunin had a lot of success with the youth national team. He won the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup with Ukraine and was rewarded with the Golden Glove for his performance.
Andriy Lunin Transfers and Rumours
- 2015: Metalist Kharkiv to Dnipro – Free Transfer
- 2017: Dnipro to Zorya Luhansk – Free Transfer
- 2018: Zorya Luhansk to Real Madrid – £7.7 million
Ever since he started his professional career with Dnipro, Lunin has been a part of transfer gossip in Europe. Widely considered as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, his stock was high from the very start.
During his stay at Zorya Luhansk, a few different clubs were interested in his services. This includes Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter, all of which wanted to make him a part of their future. However, the call from Real Madrid topped all others and Lunin decided to move to the most decorated European club.
In 2018, Real Madrid paid a transfer fee of around £7.7 million, with a few more millions included in add-ons. This made Lunin the first Ukrainian to play for the Spanish giant, although he is yet to make an official appearance in Real’s shirt.
After a few loan spells in other Spanish clubs, Los Blancos have made Lunin their reserve goalkeeper for the 2020-2021 season. While he patiently waits his chance behind Thibaut Courtois, Lunin is certainly being watched by other interested teams. His future in Madrid seems pretty established but things in football can often change quickly.