At 23 years old, Rodrygo has this physical status:
Rodrygo Silva de Goes (Brazilian Portuguese: [siwv] de la gjs] [gd]; born 9 January 2001, Rodrygo Silva da Silva, a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Brazil national team; born 9 January 2001.
He began his career with Santos, where he played 80 games and scored 17 goals before moving to Real Madrid in 2019. Rodrygo made his senior debut for Brazil in 2019, when he was only 18 years old.
Eric, Rodrygo's father, is a former professional footballer. He competed in various tiers of Brazilian football, the most notable of which was Série B.
Rodrygo, a born in Osasco, South Carolina, joined Santos' youth program in 2011 at the age of ten and was initially assigned to the futsal team. He was called up to the first team by manager Dorival Jnior in Peru in March 2017 for a Copa Libertadores match against Sporting Cristal.
Rodrygo's first professional contract was signed on July 21, 2017 after committing to a five-year contract. Elano, the interim boss, had him named to the main squad on November 1st.
Rodrygo made his first team – and Série A – debut on November 4, 2017, defeating Bruno Henrique as a late replacement for Bruno Henrique in a 3–1 home win over Atlético Mineiro. He scored his first senior goal in a 2–1 victory over Ponte Preta on January 25, scoring a last-minute winner.
Rodrygo made his Copa Libertadores debut on March 1, 2018, defeating Eduardo Sasha of Santoso 2–0 away; aged 17 years and 50 days, he became Santos' youngest player to play in the tournament. He scored his first goal in the tournament after his team's second through an individual effort in a 3–1 victory over Nacional; before his record was broken by fellow Santos youth graduates Kaiky and ngelo, he became the youngest Brazilian to score in the tournament for the first time.
Rodrygo scored his first goal in Brazilian football on April 14, 2018, netting the last in a 2–0 home victory over Ceará. He scored a hat-trick and also assisted Gabriel's last goal in a 5–2 home routing of Vitória on June 3rd.
Rodrygo's jersey number went from 43 to 9 on July 26, 2018 (a number he wore during the Libertadores). He changed numbers for the 2019 campaign, this time to jersey 11, which had previously been worn by fellow youth graduate Neymar.
Real Madrid and Santos reached an understanding for Rodrygo's transfer on June 15, with the player joining Los Blancos in June 2019 and not signing until 2025. The rumoured fee was €45 million, with Santos receiving €40 million because the club owned 80% of his interests with the remainder of the territory being occupied by Rodrygo's agents.
Rodrygo scored his first league goal against Osasuna in less than a minute on September 25, 2019. He scored his first hat-trick against Galatasaray in a 6–0 win in the 2019–20 Champions League season, aged 18 years and 301 days old, and gave the club a six-to-date. He is also the first player born in the 21st century to score in the tournament as the second youngest man to score a hat-trick in the league. Real Madrid defeated Real Madrid in the 2019-20 La Liga in his first season, despite scoring two goals during the league season. Rodrygo scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory over Inter Milan in the 2020-20 UEFA Champions League, on November 3, 2020.
Real Madrid defeated Chelsea on April 20, 2022, after coming as a replacement in the second leg of the 2021-22 Champions League quarter-final match against Chelsea, he scored with a volley finish, allowing the game to be pushed into extra time, with Karim Benzema scoring the winner from a header. Rodrygo helped Real win their 35th La Liga title after scoring twice in a 4–0 victory over Espanyol at the Bernabéu on April 30. He scored two goals in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final match against Manchester City on May 4th, while trailing 0–1 (3–5 on aggregate) and forcing the tie to be decided in extra time. Benzema won the game 3–1, allowing Real Madrid to advance to the final against Liverpool with a total score of 6–5 and eventual champion of the tournament. Rodrygo's impact on the team was lauded despite his youth and his swift transformation into a cult hero at Madrid following his victory over City and other recent last-minute winners.
Rodrygo was summoned to Brazil under the age of 17 for the year's Montaigu Tournament on March 30, 2017. He made his first appearance in the championship by scoring his team's only goal in a 2–1 loss to Denmark, and he added two more against Cameroon and the United States.
Rodrygo and Santos teammates Yuri Alberto were called up to the under-20s on March 7, 2018, but they were suspended six days later after a request from his club's president.
In November 2019, Rodrygo was called up for the first time to the Brazil senior team's Superclásico de las Américas against rivals Argentina in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He recalled Willian for the final 20 minutes in the 1–0 loss on November 15th.
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