The dream of every Real Madrid fan has been to welcome Neymar to Santiago Bernabéu. They have always wished for this for years even before and after the Brazilian’s sojourn at their fiercest rival Barcelona.
However, the arrival and display of Neymar’s compatriot in Rodrygo has seen the majority of madridistas comparing the 18-year-old Brazilian, who netted three goals against Galatasaray, to Neymar.
And by the end of the 90 minutes, he had become the second-youngest to ever hit a hat-trick in the tournament.
There was no goal on his Champions League bow. Rodrygo did, however, thoroughly vindicate Zinedine Zidane’s bold decision to start him up front against Galatasaray in Istanbul two weeks ago with a staggeringly confident performance in such a hostile environment.
He enjoyed the return fixture even more, though.Rodrygo’s inclusion had even come as a surprise to the player himself but he took it all in his stride and enthused afterwards, “Boy, I enjoyed that!”
The celebration was as jarringly controlled as the finish. Once again, he made it look like he has already been doing this kind of thing for years – because he has been doing this kind of thing for years.
Given his Santos background, sleight frame and prodigious attacking talent, Rodrygo has obviously been compared to Neymar on several occasions, but the teenager insisted that he can only be the Rodrygo of Real Madrid.