His name was actually supposed to be Marlon, but because of an error at the register office it became Marlos, although his family still calls him Marlon. He was raised in a large family, the last of seven siblings, in an apartment in Manrique Oriental, a district of Medellin.

He was taken from his home by Eladio Tamayo, a scout who “adopted” him when Marlos was just ten but who let him visit his family now and then, provided him with proper nutrition and got him into the Atlético Nacional juvenile sector at fourteen years of age.

Beginning as a centre forward, a classic number nine, he was then reinvented as an outside forward by Juan Carlos Osorio, the current Mexican national team head coach, who changed his position because of his speed.

Moreno can do it all

he learned at a very young age to play in tight spots right in his own house, where he taught himself how to control the ball in small spaces. He has the instinct of an attacker thanks to his first experience on the pitch as a centre forward, and that is why he is a player who scores a lot of goals, even if he starts from farther back.

He is physically well structured despite being born in ’96 in South America: Atlético Nacional invested in him and allowed him to grow up without any lack of nutrition. His muscle structure developed consistently with his passage from adolescence to adulthood, without sudden accelerations that often make the muscles fragile in talented players like him.

This gives him enough physical strength to withstand hard contrasts without falling to the ground.

He has the right foot of a midfielder, he is skilled at crossing and shooting, he knows how to read plays and capitalise on situations of numerical superiority that he creates with his prowess playing one-on-one, freeing up his teammates and generously passing the ball with intelligence.