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Rodrygo
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc Rodrygo’s enormous potential was obvious from the moment he made his professional debut for Santos at just 16 in November 2017. He even ranked at No.5 in last year’s NxGn list. However, even he has been taken aback by the speed of his rise to the top. After all, we are talking about a teenager who was shaking with nerves when he first met Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. Even if the 19-year-old can be overawed off the pitch, we have yet to see a shred of evidence of him being fazed on it. Since arriving at Santiago Bernabeu last summer, the €45 million (£40m/$50m) signing marked his Liga debut with a goal after just 93 seconds on the pitch and scored a perfect hat-trick on his first Champions League start, with his history-making exploits earning him two Brazil caps

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Santos FC

Relationship

Agent Nick Arcuri

2019 05 27 Retrieve

[Brazilian teenager Rodrygo Goes has admitted he was so anxious about saying goodbye to Santos fans before his summer move to Real Madrid] I was with the squad, and I even felt bad at night. I was vomiting, with a lot of inflammation in the throat. I think I was anxious to know if I was going to continue here (at Santos) or not. Thank God everything went well and my farewell remains on the 12th (June).

[He could not hide his delight once his final Santos appearance in front of his own fans was confirmed ahead of next month’s derby] Yes [it is good news] not only for the Santos fans, but for me too. My will was to stay until June 12 and play the ‘clasico’ against Corinthinas at the Vila [Santos Stadium] and I’m going to stay

2019 06 13 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s €54 million summer signing Rodrygo says that ‘fear is motivating him’ to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu] Of course it motivates me to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world. That can also scare you but that fear is good because it motivates you even more. I want to prove why this club believed in me and signed me.

[Rodrygo insists he does not feel any pressure to reach the same heights as the Brazilian duo Neymar and Robinho] I have mixed feelings as I’m leaving the place where I’ve been since I was 10 but at the same time, I feel good because I leave knowing I’ve done a good job here. Who knows, perhaps one day I will return. I always had the pressure to be the successor of players like Neymar and Robinho but I never worried about that. I just focused on training and being ready

2019 06 14 Retrieve

[Rodrygo has admitted to feeling nerves ahead of his impending arrival in Real Madrid] Of course it motivates me to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world. That can also scare you but that fear is good because it motivates you even more. I want to prove why this club believed in me and signed me

[He added on leaving Santos, who have nurtured him to this point] I have mixed feelings as I’m leaving the place where I’ve been since I was 10 but at the same time, I feel good because I leave knowing I’ve done a good job here. Who knows, perhaps one day I will return. I always had the pressure to be the successor of players like Neymar and Robinho but I never worried about that. I just focused on training and being ready

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[In a short initial speech, Rodrygo expressed a desire to repay the faith shown in him by Florentino Perez and Real adrid as a whole] I want to thank firstly God for everything he’s done for me and my family. All my family have fought with me. Thanks to the president and all the fans. I hope to give a lot of happiness to you. Hala Madrid

2019 06 18b Retrieve

[Asked if a report that Madrid managed to seal the transfer in under half an hour] I always said I preferred Real Madrid and when they came I didn’t even have to ask questions, so 20 minutes and it was all done. There was no issue and everything was in place so it was very quick. I think everyone who knows me since I was a child knows I’ve always been a Real Madrid fan. I always told my dad I’d play for Real Madrid and when they came I didn’t have any doubts at all.

I’m a fast striker, I score and dribble. I’m Brazilian and we’re like that. I identify a little with Robinho and Neymar. Neymar is a great player, but he’s on another team and I cannot talk about him

[On whether he would like to be the Neymar of Madrid] No, I would like to be the Rodrygo of Real Madrid. There is only one Neymar, there won’t be another

2019 07 21 Retrieve

[Rodrygo reveals Zidane plans to use him in a central role after scoring on Real Madrid debut] Zidane wants me to play more down the middle. I am typically more used to operating on the wings, but that is what the coach wants. It’s a position in which I am comfortable and enjoy

[Rodrygo netted eight league goals in 35 games for his former club in 2018 as he was largely deployed on the left-wing] I am not sure whether I will be playing in the first team yet. It is up to Zidane and his staff to decide where best to utilise me

[Discussing his superb debut goal] I always used to take free-kicks at Santos, that is why I asked to take it.

: 2019 07 24 The confirmation on Wednesday that Marco Asensio ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Arsenal comes as a huge blow for Real Madrid. Brahim Diaz, Takefusa Kubo and Rodrygo are all in an uncertain situation at the Santiago Bernabeu and the club are analysing the trio in detail to decide whether to keep them in the first team, drop them to the Castilla side or ship them out to another club

: 2019 08 01 Rodrygo or Kubo? Real Madrid face an impending dilemma over who will fill their non-European Union quota spots for next year following the impressive off-season form of Takefusa Kubo.

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[Real Madrid forward Rodrygo is set for up to three weeks on the sidelines after it was confirmed he has suffered a hamstring injury] Following the tests carried out by the Real Madrid medical department on our player Rodrygo Goes, he has been diagnosed with an injury on his right rectus femoris [hamstring]. His recovery will continue to be assessed

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Rodrygo Goes dismissed comparisons to Ronaldo after marking his Real Madrid debut with a goal against Osasuna on Wednesday] I don’t want any comparisons with Ronaldo being made because he’s one of the game’s all-time best and one of my country’s best. As for the goal - I controlled it well and knew that from there on in things would work out. I have to always show that I’m capable of playing here

[After a goal on debut, Rodrygo said it was a dream come true, while also praising coach Zinedine Zidane] The gaffer knows what he’s doing and he’s been talking to me every day to tell me to keep working hard. I’m at Real Madrid and I don’t care whether I play for Castilla, under Raul, or for the first team. Madrid are always going to have great players, so all of this prestige is to be expected. I’m so happy. Zidane transmits a real calmness and a lot of trust and I think that’s why things went so well. I’m speechless, I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I joined Real Madrid and running out at the Bernabeu with the fans chanting my name… I’m so happy

2019 10 23 Retrieve

[Real Madrid hand Rodrygo ‘surprise’ Champions League debut] It was only today that the coach told me I was playing. It was a surprise, I admit, and I was nervous, but I really enjoyed this. The coach told me to go out and enjoy the experience, but to concentrate on the defensive duties he’d detailed for me, too. My objective now is to go back to Madrid and keep working hard, day by day, and see how far my efforts can take me. Boy, I’m enjoying this, though - it’s a bit of a dream come true!

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[An unpleasant trip to Galatasaray on the cards for Real Madrid’s must-win Champions League clash, inclusion in Zinedine Zidane’s final squad came as no surprise, yet nobody expected a starting debut to be handed to the young Brazilian in such a vital tie] Do you know that dream of every Brazilian boy? Today it was realized in my life!! Thank you Lord! For the opportunity, I only have reasons to thank you as always!! Thanks to my family and everyone who cheers for me! Let’s go for more …

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[When previously asked what he would offer Madrid, he simply stated] I’m a fast striker: I score and I dribble

[It was even put to him upon his arrival in the Spanish capital that he might become ‘The Neymar of Madrid’] There is only one Neymar; there won’t be another. I would just like to be the Rodrygo of Real Madrid.

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Based on Rodrygo’s reaction after scoring a Champions League treble, it seems safe to say he won’t be getting carried away anytime soon] It’s a dream come true to hear the Bernabeu sing my name. I’m happy and it’s a very happy night, but I have to stay calm and be relaxed. Everything is going much quicker than what I expected when I arrived at Real Madrid but I’m trying to stay calm and continue working day by day

2019 11 07b Retrieve

[Rodrygo goes says he is progressing faster than he expected at Real Madrid after scoring a perfect hat-trick on a ‘dream’ night against Galatasaray] It is true that everything is going much quicker than what I expected when I arrived at Real Madrid. It is a very happy night. It is a dream come true to hear the Bernabeu sing my name. But I have to stay calm, be relaxed and continue to work day by day

Playing with Karim makes everything easier. He’s an amazing player and I’m very happy to play alongside him. I’m sure that what they’ve put on the ball is very nice because my team-mates are good people and they give me lots of confidence

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Rodrygo is making all of the right noises at Real Madrid] I’m really happy with the way I’ve started at Real Madrid. It couldn’t have gone better. Everything has gone really well. Things have moved even quicker than I expected, and hopefully I can continue in this vein. I haven’t really had much adapting to do, because the Brazilians who were already here have given me all the support you need when you go to another country. And Madrid… I love Madrid! The climate, the way of life… it reminds me a bit of Sao Paulo. If I can, I’ll stay here for good

I’m really excited to be here. I’m going to work hard to get an opportunity and hopefully the gaffer decides to play me. I’m raring to go

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Rodrygo wants to avoid pressure of replacing Ronaldo at Real Madrid] Being able to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid was a dream of mine and it’s a shame that he left because now I think it would be very difficult to play with him. I am still a very young player to talk about filling the place left by someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest players in the history of the club - if not the greatest. I don’t want to weigh myself down with the pressure of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo.

[The youngster has made a big impression in the Spanish capital but is surprised by how quickly his career has taken off] You always try to make sure you are fully prepared so that things turn out well, but I could never have imagined that everything would happen so quickly.

It’s all come as a huge surprise to me. Only a short while ago I was hoping to make my Champions League debut […] and maybe at the most score a goal. Scoring a hat-trick like I did was something nobody expected. So I can’t really explain how I felt after the game. All I could do was enjoy a special, once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Learning the ropes as a footballer isn’t just about what’s done on the training pitch. There is a big mental part too, preparing yourself so that success doesn’t go to your head and knowing how to handle fame and to not be presumptuous.

On that side of things, it helped me a lot that my father was a footballer, and that gave me a head start on the mental part. I watched him go through things that are happening to me now and so I know I can’t let all of this attention go to my head.

[Rodrygo was left on the bench for Madrid’s 4-0 win over Eibar on Saturday but is primed to make his senior Brazil debut] I feel fulfilled. It has always been my dream. Since I was a boy I have dreamt about representing the national team and playing alongside the best players in the world - players whose careers I have been following for a long time. So being here gives me happiness that I can’t begin to put into words. Everything that has been happening in my life makes me feel very happy

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Rodrygo says he was awed by Zinedine Zidane when he met him for the first time] When I met Zidane, I started shaking. I used to watch videos of him when he was a player and he’s now my coach. It’s crazy. I was delighted to meet him but I was so nervous

[Rodrygo indicates a willingness to spend the rest of his career at the Bernabeu if everything goes to plan] I’m really happy with the way I’ve started at Real Madrid. It couldn’t have gone better. Everything has gone really well. Things have moved even quicker than I expected, and hopefully I can continue in this vein. I haven’t really had much adapting to do, because the Brazilians who were already here have given me all the support you need when you go to another country. And Madrid… I love Madrid! The climate, the way of life… it reminds me a bit of Sao Paulo. If I can, I’ll stay here for good

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[Rodrygo win NxGn 2020 awards for world’s best teenage talents] There is no point in winning the award, but not following up on the field. I think this award motivates me a lot, gives me a lot of confidence. I hope that happens, that I continue this current season very well

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Understandably, one of the biggest challenges teenage hopefuls from South America and elsewhere face is that of adapting to a new culture thousands of miles from home] It is difficult, it goes from player to player, from person to person. Some will be able to adapt faster, others will not. I think that when Vini arrived, he told me he was a little alone, because in the pre-season Marcelo and Casemiro weren’t there yet. He, then, was the only Brazilian. The beginning then turned out to be a little difficult. When I arrived, there were the five Brazilians here: me, Casemiro, Marcelo, Vinicius and Militao, so that helped me a lot

We have this dream of making history here at Real Madrid and also in the national team. We have a very good partnership, we met from Brazil, but because he is from Rio and I am from Sao Paulo, there was a certain distance and we just talked on the internet and via WhatsApp. Today we are together every day, our friendship strengthens more and more. We have a lot of things in common and we have dreams that we hope to realise up front.

[On Reinier he added] I think they are wanting to set up a trio here or a Brazilian quartet up front. Let’s see