Last night Brazilian teenager Rodrygo offically announced himself on Club footballs biggest stage with a Perfect hat trick (left foot, right foot, header) in Real Madrid’s 6-0 home defeat of Turkish side Galatasaray.
At a mere 18 years old he became the second youngest ever to score a champions league Hat trick, with only former Real Madrid legend Raul being younger than the one being labelled the “new Neymar”.
The label as stuck after the youngster followed in the footsteps of the former Brazilian Skipper by joining the Spanish giants as a relatively unknown outside of South America from Brazilian club Santos and at 5’9 he is the same height and build as Neymar was when he made the switch across the Atlantic.
Since then the youngster has found the net five times in his first six appearances in all competitions but yesterday his performance stole the show in front of a packed out Bernabeu he opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his left footed effort converting a clinical cross from fellow countryman Marcelo.
Minutes later he doubled the lead, this time with a brilliant header again provided by a sweet cross from Marcelo to become the first player to score twice in the opening 7 minutes of a Champions League game.
He was denied the chance of a hat trick in the opening 15 teen minutes when Real skipper Sergio Ramos pulled rank and stepped up to score from the spot after Steven Nzonzi had fouled Toni Kroos.
On the stroke of half time the super star in the making showed calmness beyond his years to turn provider for French man Benzema to make it 4-0 at the break.
The second period was less entertaining as Real took their foot of the gas, before Benzema made it 5-0 with minutes remaining, before returning the early favour and setting up Rodrygo in stoppage time as he completed a perfect hat trick with a right footed toe poke to cap of a 6-0 win.
Speaking after the game the teenager who full name is Rodrygo Silva de Goes told of who he enjoyed hearing the Bernabeu crowd chanting his name!
“Hearing the Bernabeu singing my name is a dream come true,” Rodrygo said. “I'm so happy, it has been a joyous night but I must try and stay calm.”
His coach Zinedine Zidane was also full of praise for his young star as he spoke out after the game saying;
“He doesn't surprise me; he has a bit of everything. He is intelligent, he learns very fast and wants to learn and improve.”
“Physically he has to get better but technically, he knows how to do everything with the ball.”