,This world Cup, I am here. And I see myself officiating matches for Brazil. I just hope that the dream that I am living remains forever. I never want to get used to it. I never want to wake up.”
This is how a very long and extensive letter ends signed Rodrigo goes That’s published by the newspaper The Players’ Tribune on its website.
In it, through the voices of a Santos youth player, his father Erik and his coach Luciano Santos, they recount the madridista’s career from his birth, through his signing for Santos, to his inclusion in Real Madrid, Victory in his last Champions League and his call-up to the Brazil national team for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
he is born on 25 december
“I knew that if he was born in December, he would be the youngest in his age group and that children born in January would be almost a year older,” said his father Eric, revealing his concerns at the time of Rodrigo’s birth. telling.
“For a young player trying to stand out, it’s a disaster. Dennis would often ask me, ‘But why?’
“I was like, ‘Don’t worry, just do whatever you can to catch him.’ I wasn’t even going to take her to the hospital!”
“My dad always said that words have power. As a kid, I had all these dreams — bro, I loved dreaming — so I kept telling myself the same things,” he confessed.
“I’m going to play for Brazil. I was running around with a fake Selecao shirt and a Neymar Mohawk.
“I’m going to play for Real Madrid. When I was 10 years old, the theme of my birthday party was ‘Rodrigo Real Madrid’.”
“I’m going to win the Champions League. The pinnacle of club football.
“I’m going to play in the World Cup. The pinnacle of football, period.”
difficulties in santos
“I had to be in Santos at 7 in the morning. So my mom, you know what she did? At 4 in the morning she’d get me dressed while I was still asleep. She’d put on socks, shorts and a shirt. She’d pack Used to take.” My school uniform,” he explained.
“Then she would take me to the car, put me in the back seat and leave a pillow under my head. Her brother would take me to Santos, and I would get up and eat in the car.
“After training I will go back to Osasco for school. And then I will play futsal in São Paulo.”
goal against manchester city
“When I made it 1-1, there were 40 seconds left of normal time. We ran back to restart the game, and they showed extra time. Six minutes!” I remembered.
“The Bernabéu went nuts. Literally seconds later Dani was about to cross, and I ran into the box really quick. But a defender pushed me out, so I went after him. Dani swung in the cross ..
“I jumped… you always jump… Asensio went up too. The ball slipped over his head, came to me and somehow, I reacted in time. Goal.”