The Champions want Rodrygo

Madrid returns to Europe, where El Rayo made its debut with spectacular data: four starts and an average participation in a goal every 47 minutes.


This Wednesday (6:55 p.m., Movistar Champions League) the curtain of the Champions League rises again for Real Madrid, which last year took another disappointment in its favorite competition. Perhaps the best news of that last edition was the irruption of Rodrygo Goes, who in his debut at the heights of world football taught good manners and accompanied them with better statistics.

The former Santos played five of the eight Madridistas' games in Europe, with starting stripes in four. In total, 331 minutes very used in his boots, scoring four goals and distributing three assists. That direct participation in seven goals made him finish the tournament with an average intervention of one every 47.28 minutes. They are very good records, and even more so for a newcomer from Brazil, in full personal and football training: he started running in white at the age of 18 and in January he turned 19.

His happiest European night was the second, after having presented himself to the continent in society with a starter surprising you in Istanbul (0-1) with Madrid on the line. He had seen Paris 3-0 from the bench and 2-2 with Bruges in the stands, but on the third day Zidane gave him the alternative and on the fourth, on October 22, 2019, he lit the fuse. And there was no one to stop it. Apart from combining with Benzema to make it 4-0, Rodrygo signed the youngest perfect hat-trick (18 years and 301 days) against Galatasaray ever in the Champions League: 1-0, in 4 ', with the left ; the 2-0, in the 7 ', of head; and 6-0, at 92 ', with the right.

Rodrygo, faster than Mbappé or Rooney

His record shattered that of Mbappé, who had achieved it at 20 years and 306 days, and unseated Rooney (18 years and 340 days) in second place in the table of the earliest hat-tricks , including 'not perfect'. Rodrygo was only resisted by Raúl, who stopped time in 18 years and 113 days. The list of names helps to measure the milestone of the Paulista, who would later also see a door in Bruges, where he also attended, as in the second round in Manchester.

Zidane, who was taking note of this progression, opted for his ownership in the return against City, a face or cross that did not fall on the side of Madrid. But for Rodrygo, who at 28 'had centered Benzema for 1-1 and at 61' he was substituted, the presence in the eleven already added another sign of his good feeling with a Champions League that returns this week. And the '25', with an attendance in only 91 minutes this course, wants to consolidate this idyll.

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