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Phil Foden was the Manchester City youngster on everybody's lips week when he shone in his City debut against Manchester United in front of 67,000 people, and despite the teenage talent being handed a start against European Champions Real Madrid last night, it was another 17-year old on City's books who stole the show - that being Spaniard Brahim Diaz.
After tasting defeat in their first International Champions Cup game against United, City were well at it last night, thumping Champions League winners Real Madrid 4-1 at the LA Memorial Coliseum, where a record 93,098 fans packed in.
Goals from Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and John Stones put City 3-0 up and cruising before youngster Brahim grabbed his piece of the limelight with a belter in the 82nd minute.
On as a substitute, the former Malaga man played a glorious one-two with Patrick Roberts, displayed wonderful close control on his way to the edge of the box and unleashed a sensational left-footed strike into the top corner that gave Kiko Casilla absolutely no chance.
Enjoy the wondrous passage of play here:
Credit: Sport TV 1
17 years of age and doing that against the best team in world football? Take a bow, Brahim.
City fans were understandably in awe of what their young prodigy served up against the mighty Madrid, and promptly reacted on Twitter:
brahim diaz's worldie maaannnnn
- ammar (@ammrmqree) July 27, 2017
brahim diaz though :eyes:
- sara (@iscosasensio) July 27, 2017
I don't want to overreact but it's quite clear to me that Brahim Diaz will be the greatest player of all time.
- harry (@HWestwoodP) July 27, 2017
@Brahim goal :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes::punch:
- Church of MCFC (@Church_of_MCFC) July 27, 2017
Foden dropping masterclasses in derbies and Brahim scoring worldies against Real when Sancho's tucked up in bed. Levels this shit.
- harry (@HWestwoodP) July 27, 2017
Brahim!!!! That's brilliant.
- Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) July 27, 2017
Thanks for the memories Phil Foden. But it's time for Brahim Diaz.
- Freddie (@Beardamendi) July 27, 2017
When you score a worldy in a 4-1 win over Real Madrid...
Keep up the good work, @Brahim! :wink:@ManCity #MCFC #2017ICC pic.twitter.com/KjtOMhdnZ1
- Dugout (@Dugout) July 27, 2017
Brahim Diaz scores a screamer against Real Madrid whilst Gary Neville covers his eyes in horror pic.twitter.com/vNRPgndjV8
- We Love Man City FC (@WeLoveManCityFC) July 27, 2017
:sob::sob::sob::joy::joy::joy: its only a friendly and its only 7.20 but I'm thinking town and What a goal Brahim lad. Against Madrid too. #MCFC
- Ahsan Naeem (@AhsanNaeem) July 27, 2017
Diaz, who signed from hometown club Malaga for a fee of £200,000 as a 14-year old, has been on Pep Guardiola's radar for a while now, having been training regularly with the first-team alongside producing awe-inspiring performances in the City youth sides, whether it be at Under 18's or Under 23's level.
He would go on to make his City first-team debut in September last year, replacing Kelechi Iheanacho in the 80th minute of an EFL Cup win over Swansea City, and well and truly announced himself to the football world last night in Los Angeles.
But the Spain youth international wasn't getting carried away despite his heroics.
"It feels really good, but the performance of the team is the important thing," he said, as quoted by the official Man City website.
"It's a friendly but we always want to win against Madrid.
"To play for City now is a big thing for me. It's a big team, I love City, the fans are amazing and the group and the facilities are amazing."
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