Espanyol: Melendo, hero of the Copa del Rey derby and symbol of the quarry

The Tamudazo, the Delapeñazo and, now, the Melendazo. Óscar Melendo, 20 years old, is from yesterday under the spotlight of the planet soccer and in the particular parrot history book. He scored Barcelona in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey and broke a dynamic of almost nine years without winning the eternal rival: from 1-2 at the Camp Nou, in 2008-09. The parrots are even happier that the youth squad was the author of a historical target for the entity.

The reason, Melendo has gone through all the lower categories of Espanyol, including the Football School, that does not have a completely competitive orientation, until reaching the first team. He is the only player who has achieved it. He has been in the club since he was six years old and has already accumulated 14 seasons in the Catalan entity.He debuted against Alavés last season, in November, and then did not expect to enter the list. He had to call his family to bring him the team’s tracksuit.

Discarded by his height

Today, that kid that the Sant Gabriel discarded by small, measures 1.67 meters, is in the mouth of the entire league for having broken the streak of 29 games unbeaten Barca. The Catalan, with a contract until 2022, enjoys the moment, although always with his usual maturity. He better than anyone knows what it costs to get here. He has not had it easy and his climb to First is the result of perseverance. “I dedicate my first goal as a professional to my teammates and the fans,” he said yesterday.

Melendo was the most wanted man in the facilities of the RCDE Stadium after beating Barcelona.The captain himself, Javi Lopez, took him on his shoulders when the team returned to the grass after the end of the match to greet his fans. “From the first moment they sports betting online welcomed me very, very well in the dressing room, they are the best teammates I’ve had throughout my career,” the midfielder confessed.

Talent and head

For now, he is working to find a place in Quique’s eleven. “He is in a complicated position and is proving mentally strong,” he said.The coach could not help his smile: “I love that it was he who scored.”

Since childhood, the technicians in the Sports City have already detected its quality. “He had a lot of talent, but above all, Melendo liked soccer, he always enjoyed it,” explained Daniel Fernández, who had him in Infantil A and B and in Cadete B.