There are so many hyped up young players around the world today that it’s quite easy to be blasé when another one comes along and does great things at a tender age.
But there does seem to be something a little different about Rodrygo, the latest youthful Brazilian to break into the Real Madrid first-team.
And not just break in – he’s started only four times for Real so far, two in La Liga and two in the Champions League, and has scored five times, including a hat-trick against Galatasaray last week.
On the European edition of the Totally Football Show this week, our Spanish expert Alvaro Romeo explained why this 18-year-old could be very different to the others we’ve seen come through.
“He was a young player who Real Madrid signed in 2017, but they left him at Santos for one more year so he could develop,” said Alvaro, of the player who arrived in Spain this summer.
“He has played only a fortnight of football really, but he seems to have all the things that Vinicius Jnr doesn’t. He has much more clarity, probably not his athletic condition but at the same time he’s a player who gets straight to the point very quickly, in a very mature way.
“For example, when Neymar was younger – and he’s still like this – was a player who could produce tremendous things, but sometimes he just wastes time and is too inconsistent. Whereas Rodrygo reminds me a lot of Raul, as from the age of 17 or 18 he goes straight for the goal – he doesn’t make it too complicated.
“The fact that he is capable of scoring on his debut for Real, and a Champions League hat-trick in just his second game, shows you he’s a scoring force. He’s got the know-how in the box, where to put the ball and he’s finding the net very easily.”
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