FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi has revealed on 90min‘s newest podcast Football Americana that it has ‘always’ been his dream to play for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season this year, scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances so far, despite Dallas struggling near the foot of the Western Conference table.
Pepi’s form has been rewarded with call-ups to the United States Men’s National Team, with the striker bagging three goals and two assists across his first four caps to lay down an early marker.
Naturally, a host of European giants are now watching the teenager. As revealed by 90min, the likes of Wolfsburg, Ajax, Sampdoria, and Bayern Munich are all interested, with Pepi handing in a transfer request to FC Dallas.
But where is Pepi’s dream destination? That question was posed to him exclusively on 90min‘s ‘Football Americana’ podcast.
“That’s a fairly easy question. I always tell my parents, always tell my agent that my dream has always been playing for Real Madrid,” Pepi responded. “Before I even retire I want to play a couple of years. Not just months, I want to play at least three, four years in Real Madrid. Just, I feel like that’s the top of the world. That would be amazing for me.”
Pepi is already making history for club and country but should he one day fulfill his dream by turning out at the Santiago Bernabeu, he would become the first-ever American to play for Real Madrid. At present, the only US players active in La Liga are Sergino Dest (Barcelona), Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca), Matt Miazga (Alaves), and Yunus Musah (Valencia).
Of course, he wouldn’t be the first to come out of Texas as Dallas have exported a number of young Americans to Europe in the past, including Weston McKennie, Chris Richards, Reggie Cannon and Bryan Reynolds.