Real Madrid’s teen star Rodrygo Goes has lifted the lid on his meteoric rise and move to Spain, revealing he was ‘started to shake’ on his first encounter with Zinedine Zidane and that he used to have Eden Hazard’s picture on his Facebook.
The 18-year-old Brazilian, who moved to Madrid as one of his country’s biggest young stars this summer in a €45m deal, has impressed in the famous white shirt scoring five times so far in 2019/20, including a Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray.
Speaking to RealMadrid TV, as quoted by AS, Rodrygo described his rapid rise so far from Santos to the Bernabeu.
He said of how his ‘dream’ transfer to Spain came about: “My parents didn’t tell me things because they wanted me to be focused on what I was doing with Santos.
“I didn’t know anything. I was already scoring goals, playing well. There was news that Madrid loved me, but for me it was like a joke. Until my father told me it was true. It was like a dream.
“Everyone has their club in Brazil and one in Europe, mine was Real Madrid. When I found out I didn’t know what to do. My dream became a reality.”
While Real Madrid completed the transfer for Rodrygo back in the summer of 2018, the player had to wait until he turned 18 to make the move to Europe. He described finally arriving in Madrid in 2019 as ‘one of the happiest days of my life’.
Rodrygo also admitted in the interview that he ‘started to shake’ when he first met his new coach Zinedine Zidane, while he also revealed his prior fandom of new teammate Hazard.
He added: “I had his [Hazard’s] image as my wallpaper on Facebook. He looks Brazilian, he has Brazilian gestures.”
The 18-year-old will hope to play a part in Real Madrid’s final Champions League group stage encounter with Club Brugge on Wednesday night. Though with qualification already secure, Zidane will likely field a rotated side ahead of an away trip to Valencia in La Liga this weekend.