Rodrygo Goes: It was always my dream to play for Real Madrid and win the Champions League

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Rodrygo Goes has already realised two of his biggest dreams at just 21 years of age: playing for Real Madrid and winning the Champions League.

The Brazilian played a key part in Los Blancos’ latest Champions League win with key goals in the knockout stages of the competition, and is hoping to add another European trophy to the club’s cabinet when his side take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the European Super Cup in Helsinki on August 10.

“I’ve never played in a European Super Cup. I’ve only played the Spanish Super Cup and I think it’s brilliant. I’d like to play in it every year,” he said in an interview with UEFA.

“We have to win the Champions League in order to do that and I want to win the Champions League every year. It’s going to be really special for me. When we play in a final, we just want to win it, regardless of the name of the competition.

“Whether it’s the Super Cup, the Champions League or any other competition, we always go out to win. It’s the mentality of our team.”

Rodrygo is grateful for having been able to make his dreams come true so soon in his career.

“I have to say to myself sometimes: ‘My God, I’ve won the Champions League!'” he said. “It’s still hard to believe that I’ve won it. It was always one of my biggest dreams: playing for Real Madrid and winning the Champions League.

“I’ve managed to already do it at the age of 21. It’s difficult to digest the fact that I’ve actually managed to do it. I’ve not only won the Champions League, I’ve won LaLiga twice and the Spanish Super Cup twice. I don’t think it could have been any better.”

Luka Modric was once again key in Real Madrid’s Champions League victory, and Rodrygo hailed his influence.

“He really helps me. Playing with him is much easier, given the quality he’s got. He’s like a father to me,” he said of the Croatian.

He also hailed his coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

“He wins, that’s what he does. He always wins, he’s incredible. He’s been successful everywhere he’s been and it’s no different here. He’s done an amazing job with us since the day he joined,” he said.

“I remember everything he said to us during the pre-season, the advice he gave us. The team kept growing and improving throughout the season, we had few tough moments but it all worked out well in the end.”

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