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‘He is my hero’ – Real Madrid star winger talks on his ‘Cristiano’ goal celebration vs Man City

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo has said that club legend Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol who continues to inspire him to date. 

The 23-year-old, who scored a crucial goal against Manchester City during yesterday’s 3-3 draw, said that he watched Ronaldo’s video even before this contest and it encouraged him to put on a great show.

Interestingly, upon scoring Madrid’s second goal, Rodrygo pulled out Ronaldo’s iconic ‘Siuu’ celebration at the Bernabeu.

“I always watch his videos, I watch him before the match as well to inspire me, as I always say, he is my role model, he is my hero,” explained Rodrygo (h/t  RM4Arab).

A different role against City

Once again, Rodrygo shone brightly in a crucial match for Real Madrid, this time facing off against Manchester City.

The Brazilian, known for thriving on big occasions, delivered an outstanding performance, capped off with a goal—the team’s second—in a swift transition play that favoured him with a bit of luck.

Rodrygo scored a crucial goal for Real Madrid against Manchester City. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Reflecting on the match afterwards, Rodrygo revealed that Carlo Ancelotti’s tactical surprise caught Pep Guardiola off guard. 

Ancelotti’s decision to deploy him on the left, a position typically occupied by Vinicius, but in a reversal of roles, proved to be a strategic masterstroke.

“I think they didn’t expect me to play on the left. Vini is always there. We have done it differently, it is a new tactic that has turned out well,” he was quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“It is not the result we wanted, but it has turned out well. Let’s now think about the next week.”

“We have failed there, but there is not much to say. We have to win there. Everything is open, whoever fails the least will pass,” added the forward.

With the score tied, Real Madrid need to make sure the players are in the best shape for the return leg at the Etihad, a venue where Guardiola leaves no margin for error.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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