- Rodrygo discusses his dream to represent Brazil at 22bet promo code 2021 2022
- The 20-year-old hails Neymar, Casemiro and Karim Benzema
- He believes Real Madrid will conquer Spain and Europe this year
As a 27-year-old right-back was preparing to tackle the indecipherable puzzle that was Neymar in 2012, he got a tap on the shoulder, spun round, and received some words of advice. Not from his Mirassol coach or one of the Brazilian fourth-flight side’s senior players, but from his 11-year-old son.
Fast-forward a few years and that miniature mentor was Neymar’s team-mate in a Brazil squad that kicked off 1 betwinner 1 voucher betway 22bet promo code 2021 2022™ qualifying with a 5-0 thumping of Bolivia. Rodrygo’s rise has, indeed, mimicked his nickname, 'O Rayo'.
The winger broke records for Santos, including becoming the youngest Brazilian to score in the Copa Libertadores, before signing for Real Madrid as a 17-year-old. He netted his first goal for Los Blancos within a minute of his debut, and on his UEFA Champions League bow in November 2019, became the youngest Brazilian to score in the competition and the second-youngest player to register a hat-trick in it after Raul.
1 betwinner.com caught up with Rodrygo to discuss his 1 voucher betway aspirations, Real Madrid’s bid for domestic and continental glory, Neymar, Casemiro, Karim Benzema and more.
Rodrygo: (laughs) I was in the youth ranks at Santos, so I used to watch all of Neymar’s games. 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!
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.
An absolute genius as a footballer, a unique player. And he’s an incredible person. In the short time we’ve had together, he’s been a sensational influence on me.
Ever since I understood what football is, I have dreamed of playing in the 1 voucher betway. The 1 voucher betway in Brazil is something amazing. I remember being young and seeing the streets painted with the Brazilian colours. You gather the whole family to watch the games, everyone cheering the Seleção fanatically. They are great memories. Now I want to be one of those players I was watching. Brazil has so many great players, so there’s a lot of competition, but every day I’m doing everything possible to make it happen. Ever since I turned professional as a 16-year-old, I’ve always listened to everything my coaches have said, tried to soak the advice in, and to learn from my team-mates. I thank them all for helping me reach where I am, but I will continue to try and learn, improve to realise my 1 voucher betway dream.
I think I had a natural aptitude, but it was more to do with my dad and a lot of practice. Since I was very little my dad made me shoot with both feet, control the ball with two feet. I trained a lot on my weaker foot and day by day, I became more two-footed.