Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes claims he rejected the opportunity to join Los Blancos’ eternal rivals Barcelona when leaving Santos in 2019.
Rodryo played a crucial role as Madrid won their 14th European title this season, scoring a remarkable late double in a stunning 6-5 aggregate semi-final triumph over Manchester City before coming off the bench in the 1-0 final win over Liverpool.
The 21-year-old also registered eight goal involvements (four goals, four assists) as Madrid won LaLiga, with only Karim Benzema (27), Vinicius Junior (17) and Marco Asensio (10) outscoring him among his team-mates.
But things could have been very different for the attacker, who has told the podcast Podpah of how he chose the Santiago Bernabeu over Camp Nou when leaving his home country.
90 – Rodrygo is the first player to score twice in the 90th minute of a UEFA Champions League knockout match. Bonkers. pic.twitter.com/drK2PKMqvR
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 4, 2022
Recalling Barca’s bid for him three years ago, Rodrygo said his father was incredulous when he stalled on the Blaugrana’s offer, telling him: “What do you expect? You are going to play with [Lionel] Messi!”
But things ultimately worked out well for the attacker, who has also broken into the Brazil squad and looks well placed to feature for his nation at the Qatar World Cup later this year.
“A normal day, I came home after a game,” he recalled. “I had a Real Madrid shirt in my house and my father came into my room wearing that shirt and another Barcelona shirt.
“He told me, ‘now choose’… and I chose the one for Real Madrid.”