• News

Rodrygo dismisses Ronaldo comparisons after Madrid debut

Rodrygo Goes, Real Madrid, Ronaldo
Getty Images

Rodrygo Goes doesn’t want to be compared to Ronaldo Nazario after scoring a debut goal to help fire Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Osasuna.

It took just 93 seconds on Wednesday for Rodrygo to come off the bench and score Real’s second goal of the game. So, he’s become the club’s quickest debut goalscorer in La Liga since Ronaldo.

The Brazilian great registered his first Los Blancos goal in only 62 seconds in a league clash with Deportivo Alaves in 2002.

However, Rodrygo was quick to play down comparisons to somebody he views as one of the all-time greats in Ronaldo.

“I don’t want any comparisons with Ronaldo being made because he’s one of the game’s all-time best and one of my country’s best,” the 18-year-old told reporters after the match in Madrid.

“As for the goal… I controlled it well and knew that from there on in things would work out. I have to always show that I’m capable of playing here.”

The Brazil U-21 international arrived at Real in the summer from boyhood club Santos in a €45m deal.

While it took some time to get his big break, Rodrygo undoubtedly left a strong impression with a dream goal in his short cameo.

And the teenage star wasted no time in hailing the influence of coach Zinedine Zidane since his summer arrival.

“The gaffer knows what he’s doing and he’s been talking to me every day to tell me to keep working hard,” added Rodrygo.

“I’m at Real Madrid and I don’t care whether I play for Castilla, under Raul, or for the first team. Madrid are always going to have great players, so all of this prestige is to be expected.

“I’m so happy. Zidane transmits a real calmness and a lot of trust and I think that’s why things went so well.

“I’m speechless. I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I joined Real Madrid and running out at the Bernabeu with the fans chanting my name… I’m so happy.”

Vinicius Junior got the other goal for Real from 20 yards out to put them ahead in the first-half.

Now, Zidane’s side have moved into top spot in La Liga on 14 points from six games this season. They will next meet city rivals Atletico Madrid, who sit one point below them in second, at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 25: Rodrygo Goes of Real Madrid CF scores their second goal during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 25, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)