Real Madrid forward Rodrygo Goes has a bright future ahead of him after standing out in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 50 million euros Real Madrid spent to sign Rodrygo Goes from Santos already looks like money well spent. Florentino Perez is always trying to find the world’s best young players when he asks his staff to scout around the world, and he may have hit a home run in Rodrygo.
Although the 19-year-old is still developing, he is advanced for his age both in terms of his technique and tactical awareness. He’s best on the left side but still started on the right for Real Madrid in his first season in La Liga, even scoring a perfect hat trick in the Champions League.
Recently called up for Brazil for the World Cup qualifying matches, Rodrygo’s national team manager Tite gave the winger effusive praise.
"“Rodrygo has such quality that, when you see him, you get the impression that playing football is something easy. Because he has a highly developed technique. He is very fine and he is a talent that has been developed for many years in the Brazilian youth teams . And that he is conquering his space within Real Madrid.”“Rodrygo makes the field wider, opens the spaces, creates holes for his teammates. He is a modern and versatile player, who provides more alternatives for the coaching staff. In Santos he played on both wings, in Real Madrid he has joined on the right and has been developing very well, mainly in one-on-one, where he is very strong.”"
Rodryo Goes can fill two different roles on the left or right for Real Madrid
We have seen Rodrygo’s technical quality in spades at Real Madrid. He is a highly accurate passer for his age and position, having completed nearly 88 percent of his passes in La Liga last season. He knows exactly where to go with the ball and where to move off the ball to be an outlet for his teammates and is adept at drifting inside to create scoring opportunities.
Rodrygo’s abilty to hug the touchline, put in crosses, and give his side width has enabled him to play as a traditional right winger. He’ll often have to play there and accomodate players who are less versatile as right-footed, goal-scoring left wingers. So his versatility is a huge plus and helps him get playing time for club and country.
It’s always wonderful to hear young players at Real Madrid receive praise from other managers, and Madridistas will be looking forward to watching Rodrygo shine for Brazil.