A star was born at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and a debate was ended. The star who landed on this planet for 93 minutes is called Rodrygo Goes. If Real Madrid fans demand that young prospects knock the door down and do so with conviction in sport’s greatest theater, then Rodrygo did that and more. He did it with a hat-trick in his home debut in the European Cup and with an assist for Karim Benzema.
I said that we saw a star being born and now I’ll explain what I mean by a debate being ended, because this brilliant player cannot be compared with Ansu Fati, a future good player project based on some of his pieces of play. To show my objectivity, I’ll add that Rodrygo won’t only be a much better player than Fati, but that he’ll also eclipse his club colleague Vinicius, who gave Rodrygo a sincere hug at the end of Wednesday’s match for his masterful performance.
Real Madrid‘s match was the best and most complete of the season so far and Rodrygo is being talked about around the world. His first goal, where he stopped the ball with his chest and brought it down to ground before dribbling with his right and shooting with his left, is a warning sign of what’s to come. His second goal, a header from a precise Marcelo cross, shows us that he is a serious player for Real Madrid. The comparisons for Rodrygo cannot, therefore, be with Fati, who is very, very, very far behind, but with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose table he’ll dine at very soon.