In Brazil, they called him ‘Lightning’, ‘O Raio’ in Portuguese, and, at just 18 years of age, Rodrygo Goes has already lit up the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
He scored a hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
One with his left foot, one with his head and one with his right foot – a perfect treble.
He also became the second youngest player in Real Madrid‘s history to score a Champions League hat-trick, beaten only by Raul.
They called him ‘Lightning’ at Santos, but it was the name Rodrygo that was ringing around the Bernabeu after four minutes, and again after seven minutes.
By the end of the game, he was taking the match ball back to the dressing room with him.
After just six games as a Real Madrid player, only Alfredo di Stefano had scored a hat-trick so soon into his Los Blancos career.
Zinedine Zidane has given Rodrygo an opportunity in the team and he’s taken it with both hands and never looked back.
His scintillating form has dealt a blow to the chances of Vinicius, Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez, Luka Jovic and Gareth Bale.
As if his career wasn’t going quick enough, next week Rodrygo will make his senior debut for Brazil – something that millions of children in the country dream about doing.