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Rodrygo talks Neymar, Pele, Benzema, La Liga and UCL triumphs, Real Madrid’s title defence

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Speaking with 433 on Instagram, Real Madrid forward Rodrygo Goes has claimed that he idolises fellow Brazilian Neymar while naming the legendary Pele as the greatest ever to play the game of football.

The Brazilian international has his roots at Santos FC, the same club where Pele and Neymar became icons. And Rodrygo admitted that he is putting in all the efforts to continue in their footsteps, saying:

“I’m working hard every day to reach their level, they are two amazing players. Neymar is an idol to me. Pelé is the greatest player in the history of our sport.”

Real Madrid enjoyed a spectacular season last time out as they won both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Rodrygo made valuable contributions in both triumphs, scoring vital goals at key stages of the campaign.

Asked to pick which success between La Liga and UCL was sweeter, he said: “Both gave me a lot of joy. However, I think the UCL was more special.”

The 21-year-old then added that Los Blancos are more than capable of retaining both their crowns this season, saying: “I think we can win La Liga & the UCL again. I think we can do it.”

Rodrygo has made a good start to the new season and has been among the goals of late. The Brazilian has been asked to play through the centre by manager Carlo Ancelotti in Karim Benzema’s absence, a role in which he has thrived.

When asked if he believes he can become the top scorer in La Liga this season, Rodrygo replied: “It depends because there is also Benzema (laughs). But of course, I’ll try to score way more goals.”

The ex-Santos prodigy was put on the spot by the interviewer when he asked him if he would prefer scoring a hat-trick in a match Real Madrid lose or like watching the team when he was on the bench. In response, Rodrygo said: “I would rather see Real Madrid win.”

When told to name the best Brazilian he has ever played with, Rodrygo once again picked the name of PSG superstar Neymar.

When quizzed about the chances of the Brazil national team in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the forward replied: “I think we have it all to go far in the World Cup and if it’s God’s will, we will be champions.”

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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