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Real Madrid star Rodrygo opens up on racism in football: “Nobody does anything”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo spoke about the incident of racism targeted towards the Brazilian players during their 5-1 win over Tunisia on Wednesday night.

Brazil and Tunisia played locked horns at Parc des Princes in Paris in an international friendly, where goals from Raphinha, Richarlison, Neymar and Pedro were enough to guide the South American team home.

The incident in question, however, happened when Tottenham forward Richarlison made it 2-1 for Brazil in the 19th minute. As the striker went towards the corner flag to celebrate his achievement, a banana fell right at his feet. While the players seemed to ignore it, the intention was rightly crucified.

It wasn’t just that, throughout the match, several objects including bottles were thrown at the pitch and the aforementioned incident resembles what happened with former Barcelona full-back Dani Alves in 2014 in the Villarreal-Barça match.

As he went to take the corner, a banana was thrown toward the veteran, but instead of getting steam, he simply picked it up and took a bite. 

More recently, Rodrygo’s Real Madrid and Brazil teammate Vinicius Jr was subjected to racist chants at the Civitas Metropolitano by a section of Atletico Madrid supporters.

Sadly enough, Brazilian players have always been targets of racism and while acknowledging the same, Rodrygo said that the players are now used to it.

“Very happy with the victory. It has been a pleasure to be with the Brazilian National Team,” said the forward on the ‘El Partidazo de COPE’ program, as quoted by MARCA.

“We are used to these things happening (racist acts). We always say it, but nobody does anything” added the Real Madrid star.

Rodrygo, who got a total of 21 minutes of play in Brazil’s last two encounters, will now return to club duty, hoping to keep his side’s unbeaten run intact. And as he explained, his goal is now “to continue working well at Real Madrid” and “then the World Cup”.

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Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million

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With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.

One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.

The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.

It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.

According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.

It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.

The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.

This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.

The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.

PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.

So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.

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