Those at Valdebebas asked for it and those at home demanded it too, and Rodrygo has begun to respond, displaying his best football at the defining moment of the season. At the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, he was presented with a chance, and took it, showing that the white kit is certainly not too large for him.

Carlo Ancelotti turned to him at half-time, in a move that is becoming the norm. Should Real Madrid find themselves in difficulty, the name first upon the Italian’s phone is Rodrygo. He has even surpassed Asensio in the Italian’s preference for the right flank.

Camavinga’s over-enthusiasm had landed him with a booking that deserved to be accompanied by another, but the referee spared him a red card and the coach not only protected the Frenchman but took advantage of the situation to reshuffle his formation.

Rodrygo stormed onto the pitch, scoring in the 49th minute to make it 2-1, and it was his first LaLiga goal of the season. He entered the penalty area just in time, where he latched on to a good pass from Carvajal.

But the goal did not reduce his energy one iota: he never stopped attacking, never stopped being dynamic, and in the 92nd minute, he collected a back-heel from Vinicius to set up Benzema to make it 3-2 in favour of Los Merengues.

Rodrygo is looking ahead to the World Cup

The joy was palpable, as he rounded off an incredible week. He had never before scored twice in two games, yet just a few days earlier he had scored the goal against Chelsea which saw Los Blancos rise from the dead.

If he can sustain this breakthrough, which has seen him score a record 11 goals, and avoid slumps, then he will also have a shot at Qatar 2022. He has been in the last two Brazil squads and all signs are that he will be in the next one.

Tite adores him, as he acknowledged in a recent interview, suggesting that whilst the World Cup could be a step too soon for Rodrygo, his Selecao future is secure.

“He’s young, with impressive technical quality. He plays with his head,” Tite told MARCA.

“Yes, I’ve always liked him a lot. I don’t know if he’ll go to the World Cup. But I do know that he’s going to be with Brazil for a long time and that he has plenty of time to be undisputed at Real Madrid.”


Courtesy: MARCA

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