Benzema is the best player in the world– Real Madrid youngster
Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Rodrygo spoke to FIFA.com and discussed Benzema, Casemiro, Neymar and his World Cup 2022 hopes.
Real Madrid youngster Rodrygo Goes is regarded as one of Brazil’s most promising forwards and has already earned three senior caps following his €45m move to the Bernabéu from Santos in 2019.
When his father, Eric, was a right back at Mirassol in 2011-12 he was handed the task of marking Neymar in a game against Santos.
Rodrygo was only 11 at the time and a Peixe junior, but he was still asked for advice on how to keep his future Brazil teammate quiet.
“I was in the youth ranks at Santos, so I used to watch all of Neymar’s games,” Rodrygo said in an interview with FIFA.com.
“I’d seen so many different moves he would do and I knew how difficult it was to mark Neymar. I was only 11, but I told my dad to watch out because Neymar would do this move and watch out because he would do this trick. My dad had a good game, so maybe the kid’s tips weren’t that bad!”
Now 20 and one of Madrid’s Brazilian diaspora, Rodrygo has shone on the biggest stage in the Champions League and made his debut for the Canarinha against Argentina in November 2019.
Despite the number of world-famous players he has played with and against, he says his hero remains his father. “I always liked Neymar, Robinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, but my biggest hero was my dad. I used to love going to watch him play.
I was sad when we were apart because of football, but sometimes we moved cities to be with him. That stopped when I joined Santos.”