Full name: Marvelous Antolín Garzón
Date of birth: 07/01/2003 (18 years old)
Place of birth: Casablanca (Morocco)
Youth career: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Alcalá, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid (since 2016)
Current club: Real Madrid/Real Madrid Castilla
Squad number: 29
Current national team: Spain U-19
Position: central defender
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 1.000.000 €
Tournaments participated in: UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 (3/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2025
Player’s agent: MRHfutbol
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Samuel Umtiti
– aerial duels
– long balls
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– complete and dominant centre-back
– modern defender, who combines strength with good technique and passing
– player with excellent body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– able to play as a LCB in a three-man defence system
– prefers an active style of defending by getting into challenges and pressing opponents
– very comfortable on the ball
– likes to spread play with good long-range diagonals
– good at finding passes through both the first and second line of pressing from the opposition
– known for his composure, positioning, good timing, confidence in possession, understanding of the game and an above-average technical capacity
– strong left foot also helps in the balance of the team when paired up with a right-footer
– able to play in a high line/tactically astute to play in various tactical systems
– fantastic pace, agility, and coordination
– physical phenomenon who often wins the ball back by outmuscling or outpacing his opponents
– tenacious and aggressive tackler
– very dominant in the air despite his height/great jumping technique
– high tackling and interception rate
– concentrated, determined, and committed player with very good rate of individual and collective work
– very mature for his age/potential leader in the future
Marvel outpaces and outmuscles his opponent and intercepts the ball.
Marvel’s fantastic pinpoint diagonal long ball to his teammate.
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-3-3.
Spanish U-14 Championship 2016/2017 winner with Real Madrid.
Spanish U-15 Championship 2017/2018 winner with Real Madrid.
Spanish U-16 Championship 2018/19 winner with Real Madrid.
Spanish U-17 Championship 2019/2020 winner with Real Madrid.
League summary (as for 21 October 2021):
Primera División RFEF 2021/2022 (ongoing): 3 games/0 goals (Real Madrid Castilla)
Marvelous Antolín Garzón, commonly known as Marvel, was born in Morocco but was quickly adopted by a Spanish family. He joined Real Madrid youth setup in 2016. He is now considered to be one of the most talented players in La Fabrica – the famous Real Madrid youth academy. He made his professional debut for Real Madrid Castilla on 3 October 2021 in a league fixture against Atlético Baleares. He already trained with Los Blancos’ first-team several times and his future at the club looks very promising.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.