The Brazilian has learned a lot from his more experienced teammate.
Rodrygo admits Luka Modric has a big influence on his game, describing him as a footballing father figure. The pair helped clinch the club’s 14th Champions League title last season, both playing significant roles en route to the final in Paris.
He said, “He helps me a lot. It is much easier to play with him, with the quality that he has. He is like a father to me.”
Yes, in previous reports, Rodrygo has revealed he calls Luka Modric ‘Dad’ while the Croatian calls him ‘Son’ – as he is just one year younger than his actual father. The 19-year-old starlet has great respect for 34-year-old teammate Luka Modric.
They combined memorably for a vital goal in the Blancos’ quarter-final second leg vs. Chelsea, when Rodrygo put away a brilliant pass from Luka Modric to once again level the two sides to extra time.
Rodrygo was also really impressive in the semi-final second leg, bagging a late brace to force extra time against Manchester City.
On manager Carlo Ancelotti, Rodrygo continued:
“What always happens with him happened, that he won. He always wins, he is a phenomenon.”
“I always remember everything he told us during the preseason, the advice he gave us. During the season the team continued to grow and improve, we had few bad moments and in the end, everything worked out.”
He spoke about what he wants to improve on next season. He mentioned that he would like to score more goals and provide more assists. The Brazilian didn’t have much opportunity to play due to the serious injury and he wished to play more in the coming season. We can see his determination and strong will to play once he’s given enough chance.
He also spoke about Real Madrid’s upcoming game take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the European Super Cup in Helsinki on August 10,
“I have never played a European Super Cup,” Rodrygo continued, “I’ve only played the one in Spain and I think it’s great. I want to play it every year. In order to do that we have to win the Champions League and I wish 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. No matter whether it’s the Super Cup or any other competition, it’s the mentality of our team to go out and win.”