Brazilian teenage star Rodrygo Goes plans to use his “fear” of joining Real Madrid as a source of motivation to become a success story in La Liga.
18-year-old Rodrygo will finally complete his €45m move to Real this summer after bidding farewell to boyhood club Santos earlier this week.
The forward, who idolises former Los Blancos and Santos man Robinho, signed a six-year contract with Real in June 2018. Like his compatriot Vinicius Junior, however, Rodrygo had to wait until he became of legal age before he could complete the transfer.
But now the the Brazil U-21 international is eagerly awaiting the new challenge that awaits him in Europe even though it scares him.
“Of course it motivates me to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he told Santos FC TV.
“That can also scare you but that fear is good because it motivates you even more. I want to prove why this club believed in me and signed me.”
Brazil expect great things of Rodrygo in a similar manner to that of his idol Robinho and the nation’s current star man Neymar. Both forwards started out at Santos before starring Spain for Real and Barcelona respectively.
“I have mixed feelings as I’m leaving the place where I’ve been since I was 10 but at the same time, I feel good because I leave knowing I’ve done a good job here,” said Rodrygo.
“Who knows, perhaps one day I will return. I always had the pressure to be the successor of players like Neymar and Robinho but I never worried about that.
“I just focused on training and being ready.”
Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy have all joined Real in the summer transfer window. The Spanish giants have already spent a total of €303m on new signings.