This kid is so, so good.
Impressed with Dele Alli’s brace against Real Madrid last night? Prepare to be even more awestruck by Tottenham’s wonder-boy.
The 21-year-old can seemingly do no wrong after a dream start to life in the Premier League with Spurs, and he’s now joined a very elite club in the Champions League.
In scoring twice against Real Madrid, Alli became just the third Englishman to score a brace against Real Madrid – along with Manchester United legend David Beckham and former Liverpool Champions League-winning captain Steven Gerrard.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 1, 2017
Not bad company to be in, we’re sure you’ll agree.
That stat came in a tweet from Opta yesterday evening, and just nine hours later Squawka followed it up with a little nugget of their own.
Remarkably, five years ago today Alli stepped out onto the pitch for a senior level game of football for the first time, making his debut for League One side MK Dons when he was just 16 years old.
ON THIS DAY: In 2012, a 16-year-old Dele Alli made his debut for MK Dons.
Now he scores Champions League goals vs. Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/xAAaUDotYC
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 2, 2017
From League One to the Champions League in five years is some rise, but Alli seems to take it all in his stride.
What next for the England international? Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has already talked up Tottenham as Champions League contenders, so could Alli be the driving force behind a spectacular season for Spurs?
And then there’s the World Cup for England in the summer. Okay, we’ll stop getting ahead of ourselves now.
Still, even if this season doesn’t deliver any silverware for Alli for club and country, he’s still got the best part of ten years or maybe even more at the top level of the game.
Considering what he’s achieved in the first five years of his career, it’s going to be great to watch.