Real Madrid Rally Behind Their Ukrainian Goalkeeper After Russia Invade His Country. According to Diario AS, Real Madrid has rallied behind reserve goalkeeper Andriy Lunin after Russia invaded his homeland of Ukraine. Since the news broke, Carlo Ancelotti and his teammates have expressed their support for the Valdebebas footballer.
While his wife and some of his family live in Madrid, Lunin’s hometown is Kharkov, which is less than 50 kilometres from the Russian border. He expressed gratitude to the club for their consideration but stated that he is eager to return to work and hopes to be included in the squad to face Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Florentino Perez called Real Madrid's Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin early this morning to offer the club's support to him and his family. Lunin is (I think) the only Ukrainian playing in La Liga this season. He trained as normal today at Valdebebas.
— Tom Allnutt (@TomAllnuttAFP) February 24, 2022
The attack of Ukraine by Russia stunned the world and had repercussions in the football bubble. The Champions League final was originally scheduled for Saint Petersburg, but UEFA has decided to move it. In the meantime, Zenit St. Petersburg will play Real Betis in the Europa League this evening in Spain.