Real Madrid Names Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Carlos Sainz as Honorary Club Members

Published 03/24/2021, 1:47 PM EDT
Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is currently one of the best players in the country. Before he arrived in the NBA, Luka was tearing up the EuroLeague while playing for Real Madrid. Despite being a teenager, Doncic showed he was a star in the making.

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After spending almost seven years with them, Real Madrid is now going to honor their former star. In their latest announcement, they have named Doncic as an honorary club member, which is the highest distinction awarded by the club. During his career with them, Doncic helped the team win seven trophies in over 200 games.

Along with Doncic, former Spanish rally driver Carlos Sainz was also named as an honorary club member. With 26 wins and two titles in the World Rally Championship, Sainz had a legendary racing career. A lifelong Real Madrid fan, Sainz had a tryout for their soccer team as a teenager. He also ran for vice-president at the club but was unsuccessful.

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So this was a beautiful sign of appreciation from the Real Madrid Board of Directors led by Florentino Perez.

Looking back at Luka Doncic and his time with Real Madrid

Son of a basketball player and coach, Doncic picked up the sport early. He immediately became a star with his hometown team, Union Olimpija. After proving he was too good to be playing with kids his age, Doncic signed with Real Madrid as a 13-year-old in September 2012.

Doncic played with their u-18 and reserve teams for the first three years and only made his professional debut in April 2015. He was just 16, thereby becoming the youngest player to play for the club. He had a slow start and was a role player in his first two seasons.

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But when he got the opportunity in the 2017-18 season, Doncic made the most of it. He went on the EuroLeague MVP that season and won multiple trophies for the team. So after four successful seasons, Doncic announced he would leave for the NBA in 2018. His exploits abroad didn’t go unnoticed, and the Atlanta Hawks drafted him with their third pick, before trading him to the Dallas Mavericks.

Doncic successfully translated all the hype he brought in and went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2019. Currently in his third season in the league, Doncic has already become an MVP candidate and is likely to become an all-time great.

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Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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