The first three goals against Real Mallorca, were all assisted by Real Madrid’s Juni Calafat.
The player is the third point in the club-running triangle completed by Jose Angel Sanchez and Florentino Perez, and is said to be the driving force behind all three goalscorers that were signed on Sunday night- Fede Valverde, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes.
Juni Calafat’s history is an interesting one. He went from being an obscure player to being a football mastermind for one of the most famous clubs in the world.
Calafat only got to enter in the profile of football, as Ronaldo’s right hand and Nazario’s left hand man when we was playing for Los Blancos.
In no time, Juni Calafat mastered the industry’s internal codes and persuaded other Brazilian footballers and their families.
Due to his great achievements in various fields, he appeared on television and performed well until moving to Real Madrid in 2013.
He started with an emphasis on youth systems. Today, he has been recruited as the club’s Chief Scout, leading a large and well-prepared team and group of peers spread across the globe.
Born in Spain but raised in Brazil, Juni Calafat experienced a part of his life that gave him such a deep understanding of the South American country and its footballers.
The signings of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo have to be credited to the scout. Additionally, he also played a significant role in the arrival of Eder Militao, showing his power as many top-flight agents at the time preferred Matthijs De Ligt.
Knowing the importantace of listening, and how exactly to do so. None of the three players found it easy to settle into Madrid right away, and neither will it be easy forn Reinier and Endric.
Florentino Perez’s mission to Calafat was clear, “do not let another Neymar slip through the net”.
But Calafat fishes far beyond Brazil. A perfect example of this is Fede Valverde, who was acquired from Penarol for a relatively small transfer fee.
Not only did he assist the winner of the Champions League final for Vinicius Jr., but he also scored an impressive one-off goal at the Estadio his Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday.
There are players like Andriy Lunin, Brahim Diaz, Martin Odegaard in Europe. Additionally, there’s the sensational Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelian Tchouameni.
However, for all Calafat’s successes, there were also some truly dismal failures. Lucas Silva, Sergio Diaz and even Luka Jovic. The Serbian can be taken into consideration because of the €60 million price tag.
The ‘Juni Calafat Method’
Juni Calafat’s success is much more than just a young talent. He traveled to London for years for the most expensive signing in Real Madrid’s history, in some way being close to Hazard.
These trips encapsulate the key to his philosophy that the personal side is as important or even more important than the sporting side.
There have been hours of observation and analysis, instinct and intellect, but on top of that, Los Blancos’ attention to the personal lives and careers of his targets gives him a real personal touch.
The Real Madrid-based diamond excavator learned from the best teachers of Jose Angel Sanchez.