Real Madrid’s women’s staff – Real Madrid Femenino – had been formally launched ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Similarly to Manchester United, Real had been a little bit late to the women’s football party (can forming 32 years after the creation of the Primera Division de la Liga de Futbol Femenino nonetheless be classed as ‘fashionably late’?) – but similar to the Red Devils, their blockbuster model carries lofty expectations even throughout their fledgling season.
The parallels between United and Real proceed with their recruitment ahead of their maiden marketing campaign. Casey Stoney’s side targeted homegrown expertise, and likewise the Real squad consists of a homegrown core.
But not like the Red Devils, Real had been thrust straight into the top flight, and as a result had been in a position to appeal to one particular person of world class high quality.
Kosovare Asllani was the club’s headline signing when she arrived at CD Tacon – the club that Real would later take over – in 2019, alongside international teammate Sofia Jakobsson.
Within 4 games this season the Sweden attacking midfielder has already demonstrated that she has the flexibility to shoulder the club’s expectations and kickstart Real’s women’s football model.
Asllani is a player of actual international pedigree. Branded the ‘Female Zlatan’ – which, given the Milan striker’s historical past with the women’s game we guess is a comparability he’s thrilled about – the 31-year-old has 143 caps for her nation and was an integral half of the Sweden side that reached the semi finals of the 2019 World Cup.
She is a Ballon d’Or nominee, an Olympic silver medalist and has won titles in England and Sweden. Despite being introduced with the chance to play Champions League football after leaving Linköpings on the end of the 2018/19 marketing campaign, Asllani turned down these down in favour of the lure of Real.
The probability to assist lay the foundations for women’s football on the Spanish giants and set up Real as a power to be reckoned with throughout Europe was too good of a probability to flip down – and Real bagged themselves an absolute coup.
Asllani has immediately proved her worth this time period, netting the first goal within the club’s historical past throughout their 1-1 draw with Valencia, doubling her tally for the season throughout Real’s maiden victory – a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano – and grabbing a brace as her side ran out 3-0 victors over Deportivo.
The Sweden international has netted 57% of Real’s goals to this point this season, taking her tally to 4 in 4 games.
Such is the stature of the club, Real will have ambitions of going toe to toe with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on the Primera Division summit. They had been comfortably overwhelmed in women’s football’s first El Clasico, slipping to a 4-0 defeat on the opening day of the season.
But with Asllani’s high quality, present form and profile, they have the potential to challenge the highflying pair both on the pitch and off it.