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Real Madrid attacker professes his love for FIFA Club World Cup

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The idea of a World Cup has always been a big factor for any Brazilian footballer. The Selecao, after all, have historically been the master of the competition, winning in five times – more than any other nation.

But for Real Madrid star Rodrygo, even the idea of winning the FIFA Club World Cup also draws equal importance to his personal ambition as a footballer.

The attacker admitted the same in a recent interview ahead of Real Madrid’s upcoming game against Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup.

“This is the competition that I have always dreamed of playing as a Brazilian, I know the magnitude of the championship. It means everything to me, to my family, to everyone I know, and they know how excited I am about this competition,” Rodrygo said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“As a Brazilian, it’s a very important tournament, one of the biggest. So I really want to have this on my resume,” he added.

Rodrygo, who has featured in 138 competitive matches for Real Madrid since joining the club in 2019, also talked about his memory of the Club World Cup during his time at Santos.

“It’s not the best memory because Santos lost, but the tournament is still the biggest in Brazil. It’s like the Champions League in Europe,” he said, referring to Santos’ 4-1 defeat to Barcelona in 2011.

Rodrygo went on to profess his love for Real Madrid, adding, “I think that when you identify with a club, sometimes it’s just that: you feel good and that’s it. And that was the case with Real Madrid. Although Barcelona was better at that time, I always liked Real Madrid more. I dreamed of being here, of playing here, and that’s the only explanation.”

“I’m still in love with Real Madrid,” added the winger, who will be keen on putting up a good show when Real Madrid take on Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal later this evening.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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