Almost every young Brazilian striker has dreamed of playing like Ronaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Pele or Rivaldo, but that’s just not Rodrygo’s case.
The 18-year-old made his official debut at Santiago Bernabeu and scored a stunner to give Real Madrid a 2-0 lead and take them all the way to the top of the La Liga table.
Rodrygo needed just 93 seconds to score his first goal with Real Madrid after subbing in for his compatriot Vinicius Jr, becoming the quickest player to score on his debut since Ronaldo did it 17 years ago.
However, the Golden Boy winner is keen to make a name of his own at Bernabeu, and doesn’t want to be compared to Ronaldo or any other former Brazilian legend:
“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. The gaffer (Zinedine Zidane) 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”, Rodrygo told the press after the game, as quoted by Pucelafichajes.
Rodrygo completed a dream move from Santos worthy of 45 million dollars, and while it looked like it would take him more time before earning some first-team minutes, it now seems like Zidane has found the answer to some of the team’s scoring woes.