Two weeks ago, Taty Castellanos had a miss so bad in a one-on-one situation against Barcelona that it forced him to delete his social media accounts because of the insults he received from Girona fans.
The former MLS scoring leader more than made up for it against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
In a turnaround he said he didn't think was possible, Castellanos scored four times in Girona's 4-2 win against Madrid in the Spanish league.
“It's a dream to be able to score against Madrid, one of the best teams in the world, but to score four times, I could never have imagined,” the 24-year-old Argentine said.
“It was a dream night.”
Castellanos, playing on a one-season loan from New York City FC, scored twice in each half to help the Catalan club stun the defending league champions.
He had also scored four times with New York in an MLS match against Real Salt Lake last year. But he had attracted headlines in Spain recently after wasting a clear chance to score in Girona's 0-0 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium on April 10, prompting a wave of insults against him online.
“The other day he had a miss against Barcelona and it looked like it was the end of the world for him,” Girona coach Michel said.
“But this is his first season in Europe, coming from a league that is very good but has nothing to do in terms of rhythm, tactics and situations, so he had to adapt to that and I think that he has been doing that perfectly.”
Castellanos got his four goals in just over an hour and from only five attempts.