NEWS | 18/06/2019“I've been Real Madrid ever since I was a kid and I've always wanted to play here”, he added.
Rodrygo then discussed his feelings: “It's a dream, the dream of every kid in the world. It's the happiest day of my life. I've spoken to Vinicius a lot since I signed for Real Madrid. This team will always have the best players in the world. I'll have a lot of competition but I'm willing to play for the first team or Castilla according to the club's wishes”.
“I haven't spoken to him yet. He was a wonderful player and now he's a fantastic coach. I'm thrilled to have him managing me”.
“There's pressure at every club but it's greater here because it's the best club in the world. Vinicius has told me what it's like. He explained he came here at a similar stage. We have to be patient, I'm young and I've got my future in front of me”.
“I'm a quick forward, I like scoring goals and dribbling. I'm Brazilian, loads of players from my country have these characteristics. Robinho and Neymar are the players I most identify with in terms of style. I like to play on the wing, I don't have a preference. I'm ready to play”.
“We always have to keep improving. Vinicius has played his first full season and he'll develop. I hope the same will happen for me. I score a lot of goals and I don't feel the pressure. I'm not saying I'm going to score loads of goals in my first season. I'm young, I'm patient and we'll get better as time goes by”.
“I have a great relationship with the Brazilians. I came last year and met Marcelo, Casemiro… and I already knew Vinicus. It's not about money, everyone's dream is to play in Europe. Sport is organised differently here. Brazil is a bit behind in that sense”.
“Everyone who knows me knows I've been a Real Madrid fan since I was a kid, I always used to say to my dad that I'd play here and I had no doubt in my mind. I always said Madrid would be my preference, when the chance came up, I didn't think twice. Everything was sorted within 20 minutes”.
“I'm not thinking about it. I'm ready to play for Castilla or the first team”.
“Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos… They're idols who I didn't see play very much but they're icons for every Brazilian”.
“He's a great player but he's at another team now and I can't talk about him. I would like to be Rodrygo. There's only one Neymar and I just want to be Rodrygo”.
“I'm excited to train with all of them: Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius, Marcelo, Casemiro… all of them”.
Comparisons with Vinicius
“We're two young players who are now both at the best club in the world. We're both Brazilian and have similar characteristics but we don't have to make comparisons”.
“I'm ready. You have to be when you come here. I've been playing for Santos, I'm young and I have to be patient because this will be my first season in Europe”.
“It's fast-paced football, I've followed it since I was young and it's not too different from the game in Brazil. It's technical and there is a higher level, it suits my skill-set. I've got everything I need to play well in this league”.