Future Real Madrid forward Rodrygo has revealed how the thought of his last game for current side Santos caused him to “vomit with anxiety”.
The young Brazilian agreed to join Madrid last summer but has spent the entirety of this season with Santos in preparation for his move this year.
Who is Rodrygo? Five things you need to know…
- Age: 18
- Position: Striker
- Career path: Santos > Real Madrid (moving to Madrid this June)
- The youngster has scored 17 goals in 79 appearances for Santos, averaging a goal every 4.64 games.
- Real Madrid sealed the signature of the Brazilian last June for a mighty €45 million.
Discussions between the two clubs recently took place to decide when Rodrygo would officially make the move to Spain, a thought that left the striker filled with dread.
It has been confirmed that the 18-year-old will get the chance to play one last game for Santos next month before packing his bags for Spain.
Speaking to reporters about his impending move to the La Liga giants this summer, Rodrygo admitted the thought of playing his last game for Santos left him “throwing up with anxiety”.
Rodrygo said: “I was with the squad and I even felt bad at night, I was vomiting, with a lot of inflammation in the throat.
“I think I was anxious to know if I was going to continue here or not.
“Thank God everything went well and my farewell remains on the 12th (June).
“Yes [it is good to stay until then], not only for the Santos fans, for me too, because my will was to stay until 12 June and play the ‘Clasico’ against Corinthians at the Vila (Santos Stadium) and I’m going to stay.”
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Real Madrid’s frontline next season
After a disappointing campaign which saw Real Madrid finish without a single title to their name, the return of former player and manager Zinedine Zidane to the helm will see the La Liga outfit seek improvements this summer.
Rodrygo’s transfer will see the youngster join up with current forwards Karim Benzema, Mariano Diaz, Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale, although reports suggest the Welshman may be heading out the door this summer.
Of course, Madrid are still reportedly set to sign Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard this summer too.
Undoubtedly, Zidane will be looking to revert back to winning ways from next season but more importantly, he will look to bleed through a new generation of Madrid stars.
That will start with the emergence of Rodrygo on the club’s training ground who will look to get over his anxieties of departing his boyhood club for the mighty Real Madrid.