Real Madrid strengthened their grip on the La Liga trophy after showing tremendous character to overcome Sevilla and win 3-2 from 2-0 down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The Galacticos were given a very tough time by the hosts, who started the game brilliantly with quickfire goals from Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela to get a stronghold of the match.
However, if recent results are anything to go by, especially the victory against Chelsea in the Champions League, Real Madrid can never be ruled out until the final whistle.
In a match that had everything from goals to controversy, Rodrygo carried on his fine vein of form to score just five minutes after being subbed on at halftime, before eventually setting up a stoppage-time winner for Karim Benzema.
The Brazilian was subsequently named Man of the Match for his exploits. Meanwhile, Benzema once again came up trumps for Los Blancos with the all-important winner after Madrid had a goal disallowed minutes before Nacho’s 82nd-minute equaliser.
The talismanic Frenchman is already running away in the Pichichi race and has established himself as a surefire early contender for the Ballon d’Or.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.