Despite starting two games on the bench, Rodrygo Goes has been one of Brazil’s standout players in the Word Cup. His red-hot cameos earned him a start against Cameroon, but the game, unfortunately, ended in a loss for the Selecao.
The 21-year-old is yet to score and has provided one assist so far in the competition, averaging two shots and one key pass per game.
He recently gave an interview (h/t GOAL Italia) in which he spoke about his role models in both club and country setups.
The Brazilian winger shed light on his special bond with Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and how the Croatian international served as a guide and role model for him.
“I talk a lot with Modric. I ask him for advice and observe his way of moving. He is a player I focus on a lot, a reference.”
Having the support and trust of the dressing room goes a long way in helping a young talent blossom without pressure. Rodrygo revealed how Brazil icon Neymar served that role in the national team.
“Neymar congratulated me at the end of the match vs. Cameroon. He told me to continue like this despite the defeat and to not think about what happened. To leave it behind and look forward.”
The Real Madrid starlet has never hidden his admiration for Neymar and has openly called him his role model. In his recent interview, he reiterated the same one again saying,
“Neymar showed so much confidence in me before the game vs. Cameroon. He’s a teacher and he is my idol. It’s an honour to play with him.”
Opening up on the loss to Cameroon and how it impacts the team’s mindset going further into the tournament, Rodrygo added:
“The defeat against Cameroon has a positive interpretation: it puts us on notice and serves as a lesson. It’s good that it happened in a match that mattered relatively less.
“With Korea, it will be a very difficult match. In June we faced them in a friendly and it ended in a goal glut, but the match was more difficult than the result says.”
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.