Rodrygo poses a problem

The Brazilian was Madrid's finest attacker in Glasgow, but Bale's situation as a non-EU member threatens to force him to find a way out.


Real Madrid played and lost their first preseason game, a duel against Glasgow Rangers (2-1) with very few conclusions to draw and with a frankly poor image of the white team in attack: only 52% of the players had the ball time and he barely finished five times, one of them on goal; Gerrard's did it 21 times, 13 between the three suits. The good news, if there is good news to get out, is that that only Madrid shot between sticks was a goal and it was the work of a Rodrygo who started the preseason showing his paw.

The Brazilian was Real Madrid's most intoned attacker in Scotland, which is not saying too much, but it will certainly help him to convince Ancelotti of the role he can play this season. His goal also showed the virtues with which he can best help the team, skill in the final meters to dribble and temper in the definition, just what his compatriot and friend Vinicius lacks, a ray in the long dribble that is the world comes down when it has to cut corners.

And yet, with his goal, Rodrygo creates a small 'problem' in Madrid, a problem that already exists and of which the club is already aware, but which will worsen day by day if he does not find a solution: Rodrygo is from outside the community. , like Militao, Vinicius and Bale, and there are four for a quota of three names. Conclusion: there is one left over and in that struggle, Rodrygo is the weakest link.

The Brazilian arrived from Santos two years ago at the express wish of Juni Calafat, Madrid's head of international recruitment, and Madrid paid no less than 40 million euros for him when he was only 18 years old. In his two seasons at Madrid, he has shown ease in scoring, but also great seasons of absence and a certain physical weakness that ends up taking its toll. Nine goals and eleven assists in 59 games for white is a rather scarce baggage.

Rodrygo, pending Bale

And his competitors for the three extra-community positions present more powerful credentials, at least on paper: Militao cost 50 million and this season, without Ramos and probably without Varane, must be the one of his consecration; Bale only has one year left on his contract and he is determined to fulfill it, apart from the fact that starting it is complicated, with that salary of 30 million gross per year that weighs like a slab; and Vinicius has also left doubts, but at the club they seem to bet on him without fissures and his qualities, as a great dribbler and counter-puncher, do not abound in the squad and Ancelotti will surely want to have them at hand.However, Madrid expects a resolution to the problem of non-EU members that will help the four of them stay on the squad. Bale had been a community member, but the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union has removed that condition and, for now, he does not count as a European foreigner. In the club they believe that this condition of community will be prolonged for players who already had signed contracts before Brexit (in the League there are only two, Bale and Trippier, from Atleti), but if it ends up not happening, Madrid will have to seek accommodation one of the four and there Rodrygo has the upper hand to lose. For now, he does his job and shows Ancelotti that if he does not stay, it will not be for lack of level.

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