Rodrygo Is Spanish Press Darling Following ‘Perfect’ Real Madrid Hat Trick

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Following his sensational three-goal rout for Real Madrid against Galatasaray - in which he became the youngest Brazilian to score in the Champions League, the youngest ever scorer of the ‘perfect’ hat trick and the second youngest of any hat trick overall in the competition - Rodrygo was rightfully the darling of the press in the Spanish capital on Thursday.

‘Fallen From the Sky,’ was the headline AS went with, implying that Los Blancos’ wonderkid is God or Heaven-sent.

‘The World, at Rodrygo’s Feet,’ ran the title to another piece. ‘Rodrygo Goes fascinated the world of football on Wednesday night,’ wrote Alberto Sierra. ‘The promosing Brazilian winger unleashed his talent against Galatasaray scoring a perfect hat-trick and assisting Karim Benzema in Real Madrid’s 6-0 victory. The Paulista [ie a native of the state of São Paulo], whom they already compare with Raul, fascinated those present,’ continued Sierra, before going on to gauge the reaction of several other news outlets across the globe to the left foot, right foot and headed haul.

‘[Real Madrid] have an angel.’ began their rundown of the display in their ‘1x1’ player ratings. ‘His first two shots on goal meant the first two goals of Madrid. The first, [came] after controlling and defining with the left, and the second, with a formidable headed shot. In addition, he gave Benzema the fourth goal with [a] formidable assist, and scored again with the right in the last play of the match: the perfect hat trick.’

Over at the Spanish capital’s other main publication, MARCA led with: ‘Rodrygo Lights Up the Bernabeu’.

‘Rodrygo: A Kid Called Lightning’ was the title given to Ruben Jimenez’s piece on the sensational 18-year-old, where it was explained that ‘they called him 'Lightning' at Santos, but it was the name Rodrygo that was ringing around the Bernabeu after four minutes, and again after seven minutes. By the end of the game, he was taking the match ball back to the dressing room with him.’

‘After just six games as a Real Madrid player, only Alfredo di Stefano had scored a hat-trick so soon into his Los Blancos career,’ went on Jimenez. ‘Zinedine Zidane has given Rodrygo an opportunity in the team and he's taken it with both hands and never looked back.’

‘His scintillating form has dealt a blow to the chances of Vinicius, Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez, Luka Jovic and Gareth Bale. As if his career wasn't going quick enough, next week Rodrygo will make his senior debut for Brazil - something that millions of children in the country dream about doing.’

‘Rodrygo is the star Eden Hazard was meant to be,’ claimed Jose Felix Diaz. ‘One arrived at Real Madrid as a Galactico, the other arrived as a prodigy with potential.’

‘The superstar is yet to demonstrate his true abilities, while the promising youngster has risen to prominence in the team and with the fans. We're talking about Eden Hazard and Rodrygo Goes.’

‘The latter is doing what the former can't - scoring goals and providing assists, and consistently too.’

‘The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was singing his name, not Hazard's, after the first seven minutes on Wednesday night after he'd scored the first two goals,’ Diaz pointed out. ‘Like Hazard, Rodrygo's preferred position is on the left wing, and he was able to play there once Hazard had been taken off in the second half.’

‘Time will tell whether Hazard will be a hit at Real Madrid, but, for now, he's continuing to adapt to his new team, surroundings and city well. The fans, though, want more.’

From Rodrygo however, they are being given all they could have hoped for, and then some. A bargain at $50mn, the sky is the limit for the polite and soft-spoken teen local media believe he has fallen from as a gift to the 13-times European champions.

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Following his sensational three-goal rout for Real Madrid against Galatasaray - in which he became the youngest Brazilian to score in the Champions League, the youngest ever scorer of the ‘perfect’ hat trick and the second youngest of any hat trick overall in the competition - Rodrygo was rightfully the darling of the press in the Spanish capital on Thursday.

‘Fallen From the Sky,’ was the headline AS went with, implying that Los Blancos’ wonderkid is God or Heaven-sent.

‘The World, at Rodrygo’s Feet,’ ran the title to another piece. ‘Rodrygo Goes fascinated the world of football on Wednesday night,’ wrote Alberto Sierra. ‘The promosing Brazilian winger unleashed his talent against Galatasaray scoring a perfect hat-trick and assisting Karim Benzema in Real Madrid’s 6-0 victory. The Paulista [ie a native of the state of São Paulo], whom they already compare with Raul, fascinated those present,’ continued Sierra, before going on to gauge the reaction of several other news outlets across the globe to the left foot, right foot and headed haul.

‘[Real Madrid] have an angel.’ began their rundown of the display in their ‘1x1’ player ratings. ‘His first two shots on goal meant the first two goals of Madrid. The first, [came] after controlling and defining with the left, and the second, with a formidable headed shot. In addition, he gave Benzema the fourth goal with [a] formidable assist, and scored again with the right in the last play of the match: the perfect hat trick.’

Over at the Spanish capital’s other main publication, MARCA led with: ‘Rodrygo Lights Up the Bernabeu’.

‘Rodrygo: A Kid Called Lightning’ was the title given to Ruben Jimenez’s piece on the sensational 18-year-old, where it was explained that ‘they called him 'Lightning' at Santos, but it was the name Rodrygo that was ringing around the Bernabeu after four minutes, and again after seven minutes. By the end of the game, he was taking the match ball back to the dressing room with him.’

‘After just six games as a Real Madrid player, only Alfredo di Stefano had scored a hat-trick so soon into his Los Blancos career,’ went on Jimenez. ‘Zinedine Zidane has given Rodrygo an opportunity in the team and he's taken it with both hands and never looked back.’

‘His scintillating form has dealt a blow to the chances of Vinicius, Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez, Luka Jovic and Gareth Bale. As if his career wasn't going quick enough, next week Rodrygo will make his senior debut for Brazil - something that millions of children in the country dream about doing.’

‘Rodrygo is the star Eden Hazard was meant to be,’ claimed Jose Felix Diaz. ‘One arrived at Real Madrid as a Galactico, the other arrived as a prodigy with potential.’

‘The superstar is yet to demonstrate his true abilities, while the promising youngster has risen to prominence in the team and with the fans. We're talking about Eden Hazard and Rodrygo Goes.’

‘The latter is doing what the former can't - scoring goals and providing assists, and consistently too.’

‘The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was singing his name, not Hazard's, after the first seven minutes on Wednesday night after he'd scored the first two goals,’ Diaz pointed out. ‘Like Hazard, Rodrygo's preferred position is on the left wing, and he was able to play there once Hazard had been taken off in the second half.’

‘Time will tell whether Hazard will be a hit at Real Madrid, but, for now, he's continuing to adapt to his new team, surroundings and city well. The fans, though, want more.’

From Rodrygo however, they are being given all they could have hoped for, and then some. A bargain at $50mn, the sky is the limit for the polite and soft-spoken teen local media believe he has fallen from as a gift to the 13-times European champions.

Now based in Barcelona after six years in São Paulo, I have written on these topics at length through previews and analysis while having also covered match reports for t...