What did you do at 18? Rodrigo makes history! One week after scoring three goals for Real Madrid in the Champions League, the young striker can make his national team debut.
With Rodrigo as a newcomer to the squad, Brazil will face Argentina on Friday in Saudi Arabia at 2 pm (Brazil) and South Korea next Tuesday at 10:30 am in Abu Dhabi.
To know more about the prostitute, GloboEsporte.com He mentioned facts, records, and inquiries about him. There are 18 themes, one for each year of Rodrigo's life. Check it out!
First, let's talk about his name. Why the unusual spelling, with Y instead of me? This is not numerology, much less artistic or religious inspiration. Rodrigo's mother, Denise Goss, decided to name him this way simply because she thought she was more beautiful.
The gratitude for the verses is so great that Denise also put her in the name of her youngest daughter. Rodrigo's sister is called Anna yaulia.
It is not now that things are going faster than usual in Rodrigo's life. He started walking at the age of just eight months, and at age 11 he was already on contract with the world's largest sportswear manufacturer.
In November 2017, he debuted as a professional at Santos with just 16 years. Seven months later, for 17 years, the boy was sold in Real Madrid for 45 million euros (about $ 193 million during the season).
Rodrigo's first interview was at the age of 11. At the same age, he was invited to participate in the centenary of Santos, along with club idols like Neymar and Pele.
Rodrigo and Neymar in Santos Centennial in 2012 – Photo: Personal Archive
The striker has an excellent average of goals in this start for Real Madrid. He has scored five times in six matches, almost once in a game. In total, the young man was 370 minutes on the field and provided assistance.
He also defended the Merengus B team twice and scored.
Earlier, for Santos, Rodrigo played 82 matches, scored 17 goals and provided eight assists
One of Rodrigo's favorite pastimes in Santos' time was surfing. He also risked skateboarding.
Until last year, Rodrigo's father played professional football. Eric Goss was a right back and amongst others he played for several clubs of small and medium size, such as Linsens, Mirasol, Crickima, Seary, Boa Esporte.
Eric dreamed of one day confronting his son, but decided to hang on to 34 to prioritize Rodrigo's career.
In 2012, while playing for Mirasol, the defender faced Santos for Mirasol and entered the field with his son as a mascot.
– Rodrigo accompanied his father to the games. Sometimes he played early on Sunday and traveled to the cities where his father was. At times, we would free him from training, give him more breaks, we had the understanding that he needed to make this contact with his father – said Luciano Santos, who coached Rodrigo in the Santos baseball categories.
Today Eric works at Un1que Football, a company that has been leading his career and also taking care of Rodrigo.
Rodrigo Erik's father in action for Guarani, one of his last clubs – Photo: Rodrigo Wigbalba / Press Memory
6 – Inspiration in Neymar, but not in everything
Rodrigo does not hide that Paris Saint-Germain star Paris is his main idol in football. Neymar was even decisive for the boy to decide to go to Santos at the age of 11.
However, those who know Real Madrid's youth point out many differences between his personality and Neymar.
Rodrigo is more discreet and avoids distracting the field, something he heard from his father early on.
– As a player, I try to bring the reality of this world to football. He must know that it's not just a yacht, fun, big car … In football there is this earring, a hat, a lot of masked players. I want him to be different, mature, "Eric said in an interview when Rodrigo was only 13 years old.
The player's family also avoids the spotlight. At GloboEsporte.com tried to interview Rodrigo's father for the report, but he declined to speak.
The young striker drew attention in his presentation in Real Madrid answering most questions in Spanish.
This was only possible thanks to the "intensive" language made since mid-2018, when it confirmed its sale on club mergers.
Currently, besides studying Spanish, the striker also has private English lessons.
Like almost all young people, Rodrigo is very active on social media. He has the support of the press office to keep them updated, but is free to publish whatever he wants, especially on Instagram, where he has a platform 1.8 million followers.
He also has a Twitter profile, with 200,000 followers, and Facebook, which has 228,000 likes.
One of the striking features of Rodrigo's personality is that he is extremely competitive. Even so, the player was very sorry he didn't raise a glass like a professional Santos. Last year's elimination in the Brazil Penalty Cup for Cruzeiro was one of the most painful for the athlete.
– Rodrigo is a guy with a very strong temperament, very competitive. We found him back there and that was a problem. He could not understand, he did not accept to lose. This is what we have tried most to show, that losses are also part of growth. We've been working on this emotional side of him – says Luciano Santos, a former fish-based technician.
The Real Madrid idol, former left back Roberto Carlos, joined Rodrigo in his first moments in Spain and, in private conversations with the striker, gave advice on the club and how to behave off the pitch.
Rodrigo stepped up with Roberto Carlos at Real Madrid presentation – Photo: Press release
Before closing with Real, Rodrigo was very close to Barcelona. The financial offer of the meringues, however, was better for the player and Santos, who received the equivalent of their share of the severance pay.
Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain also negotiated with the athlete's staff.
The player finished high school last year at a state school in Santos. By then, he had to miss some hours of the night to defend the fish.
The boy reportedly behaved well and had good grades in school.
Rodrigo, Downtown, with classmates in Santos – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter
Although younger than Vinisius Jr., who is 19 and later in Europe, Rodrigo is already seen by Titus and his coaching team as more prepared than his colleague. The assessment is that the former Santos' tactical understanding and technical quality are greater.
According to the Spanish press, the same goes for Real Madrid.
14 – Tricolor in childhood
Rodrigo spent the primary teams in Sоo Paulo between the ages of eight and ten. However, seduced by the prospect of playing in a club that gives more room for young promises, the opportunity to be close to Neymar's idol and with a better offer, he moved to Pixie at age 11.
As a child, Rodrigo played football for Santos – Photo: Pedro Ernesto Guerra Azevedo / FC Santos
Rodrigo is the youngest Brazilian to score in the Champions League. He scored a goal (three times) against Galatasaray at 18 years and 301 days.
This was the second hat trick in his career. The first happened on June 3, 2018, when Santos defeated Vitria 5-2, by Brasileiro.
The striker is also the youngest Brazilian to score a goal in Libertadores at 17 years, 2 months and 6 days.
You can't say if it's a marketing strategy or true love, but Rodrigo says he's been a Real Madrid fan since an early age. As proof of his fondness for the meringues, he sang an excerpt from the club anthem at his performance in Spain.
The striker is now making his senior debut, but has long been a hop-goer. Rodrigo defended Brazil for less than 15 years, less than 17 years, under 20 and up to 23 years.
Unlike other star players who have left Santos in the recent past, Rodrigo made it a point to leave the club in a friendly manner. Still at the base, he had offers from Brazil and abroad, but preferred to sign his first professional contract with Fish (with a much higher salary than other guys in his category).
The striker also asked Real Madrid to stay for another year in Santos rather than move as soon as it was sold.
Farewell, however, did not happen as expected. The boy has spent the last days at Villa Belmiro only training after being out of four matches due to an imbroglio between Santos and the FBC, due to a call for a Toulon tournament which he was not released.