Not one, but two Brazilian promises are set to join Real Madrid this summer with Rodrygo Goes joining Vinicius Jr at the Santiago Bernabeu – but who is the 17-year-old Santos sensation?
Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Rodrygo Goes for a fee of around $50 million.
The 17-year-old Santos sensation is considered the biggest talent in Brazil at the moment, with some pundits going as far as predicting that the youngster will compete for the Ballon d’Or over the next few years. The Spanish giants could potentially be on the verge of a bargain.
Vinicius Junior has gained worldwide fame while his professional career as a footballer is just starting, after Real Madrid sealed a deal to secure his services last year. He is considered one of the future hopes of Brazil’s national team, and has started the 2018 calendar year in the best way possible.
This is expected to be his last season at Flamengo before officially being presented as a Madrid player. Rival fans were already jealous that the champions of Europe had lured a huge footballing talent like Vinicius, so you can only imagine their reactions when they find out that Los Blancos have just reached a deal to sign the kid who is stylistically labeled as the new Neymar, and rightly so.
The debate is currently ongoing in Brazil as to who is the best young teenage talent in the country, is it Flamengo’s Vinicius Junior or Santos’ Rodrygo Goes? But Brazil’s national team does not have to worry about that, and apparently Real Madrid either, as the two sides may well be relying on these two players over the next decade-and-a-half or so. If you cannot decide who to pick between the two, then you might just as well sign them both!
“The new Neymar” is something we often hear every now and then, more so by the foreign press than in Brazil. However, Rodrygo Goes might well be the exception for once. The 17-year-old truly draws lots of similarities with Neymar, and has already started pulling top performances in South America’s number one competition, the Copa Libertadores, scoring solo goals against top sides like Uruguay’s Nacional, at an earlier age than Neymar himself had done.
The new Santos star is gifted with superb technique, allowing him to get his way past the opponent thanks to his agility and ability to evade his marker. Pace, finishing skills, tricks and assist-deliveries, Rodrygo seems like the rising youngster who truly embodies the essence of Brazilian football – a youngster who plays with joy, who plays the game for fun before anything else, while being a deadly force whenever he approaches the box. A mixture of entertainment and effectiveness, is the most dangerous combination in football – for opponents, at least.
Real Madrid has always relied on the magic of Brazilian footballers, but in the last decade, Brazilian talent seemed to fade away after Ronaldo and Robinho left. Marcelo was the unique soldier trying to refresh the memories of Madrid fans, as to what Brazilian football is about. And then was the emergence of Casemiro who proved his importance to everyone, despite lacking the traditional Brazilian flair. But with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes set to join, the Ginga style is ready to return to the Santiago Bernabéu.