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Rodrygo hails former Barcelona superstar as his idol: “Always special”



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It is common for footballers around the world to idolise players from their nation and hold them as an inspiration. After all, a player’s career is moulded and shaped at the grassroots level which is also the stage when one is exposed continuously to national heroes.

Rodrygo Goes too, similarly, holds Neymar Jr as his idol. The youngster has been very vocal about his admiration of the Brazilian captain and of how he continues to be mesmerised by the Brazilian’s play.

After Brazil’s 3-0 win over Ghana earlier today, the Real Madrid player posted a picture with Neymar on his Instagram with a caption- “Always special playing with my idol.”

The PSG star provided two assists for the Selecao on the night and both the moves were finished by Richarlison. Meanwhile, Rodrygo came on in the 80th minute for Barcelona’s Raphinha who also registered an assist in the game.

Last year, the Real Madrid star was asked to elaborate on why he held Neymar in such high respectd to which he replied,

“(He is) An absolute genius as a footballer, a unique player. And he is an incredible person. In the short time we have had together, he has been a sensational influence on me.”

Rodrygo has had a blistering start to this season, scoring three goals and providing five assists in just four La Liga games. Needless to say, he is making a strong case for Carlo Ancelotti to consider him as a regular starter in the forward line alongside Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.

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Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano



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As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.

It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.

Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.

Real Madrid will not pay crazy money

Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.

The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.

So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.

Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.

But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.

In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.

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