ANDThe calendar marks theNovember 20, 2011. A 12-year-old boy comes shyly to one of his dolos, Mario Surez. The little one is called Sergio Moreno, he plays in the lower categories of the Attico de Madrid and he dreams of being like those giant heroes who parade before him. Tmido, is placed next to the center midfielder of the first team and poses for a photo that, without knowing it, will be repeated more than seven years later, but in very different circumstances. At that time, Gregorio Manzano's Atletico gave his last shots and Cholo Simeone warmed up to begin the most glorious era of the club rojiblanco. In that team, Mario Surez was the one who runs the machine room.
The following day, the Manzanares team won an agonizing 3-2 victory against Levante at the Vicente Caldern with goals from Diego, Pizzi and Adrin. The Attico was seventh in the league, outside the European positions. That season, the rojiblancos ended up raising the Europa League. Much has been raining since then and, today, Mario Surez is still playing for a Madrid club, but he has a red stripe on his chest. The Rayo Vallecano strip.
And in Vallecas, a name starts to resonate among the fans. That if he is the best player in the youth academy, if he needs more opportunities in the first team, if he wants Athletic …That name is Sergio Moreno's, the striker who broke records in the Juvenile A last season. The one that won with football and effort to do the preseason with the first team. Which is one more in the training of Mchel and has already debuted in First Division. A player who deludes an entire neighborhood.
It was in theWanda Metropolitancoincidentally where I first peed the lawn of a stadium being a player of LaLiga Santander. An enclosure that is the fiefdom of the team that one day was their home. Three years ago I changed the rojiblancas stripes for the red stripe, and what a day was a hobby is no longer. Sergio Moreno's football is a reality.
Still has not managed to be a regular in the calls of the elders, and in it est. Training, training and training. What he did not know was that he got to rub shoulders with what was his fraud. That child who one day approached Mario Surez to ask for a picture is now the greatest promise of Rayo Vallecano. That little boy who posed shy next to a whole star of world football runs, struggles and now fights with him. From deceit to partner. To steal a memory to steal balloons. Because it was his fraud, yes, but in Sergio Moreno there is no trace of that typical shyness of childhood. In 2019 it is necessary to fight side by side to achieve permanence in the First division of what is now the team of both, Rayo Vallecano.