On May 19, 2009, Koke fulfilled his dream by making his official debut for his childhood club, Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, on the same day in Leipzig, Red Bull’s main shareholder, Dietrich Mateschitz, bypassed all the legal obstacles and bought a German lowly side, naming them RasenBallsport Leipzig.
Since then, both Koke and RB Leipzig haven’t stopped growing and establishing themselves in the world of football.
The Spaniard is now a mainstay and captain at Atletico, who will face the Bundesliga team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Thursday.
RB Leipzig have played 424 official matches in a rise that has seen them go from amateur football all the way up to the German top flight.
In the meantime, they have debuted in the Champions League, finished as runners-up in the Bundesliga in 2016/17 and played European football in the last three seasons.
Curiously, since that day in 2009, Koke has played more games than RB Leipzig as a team, with 456 official matches under his belt.
On Thursday, he will look to make it a night to forget for the German side and assist his team’s efforts in qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals.