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Rodrygo Goes’ emotional letter: It’s a love story, it’s destiny

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“This World Cup, I’m here. And I see myself deciding games for Brazil. I just hope that this dream I’m living goes on forever. I don’t ever want to get used to it. I don’t ever want to wake up.”

So closes a very long and extensive letter signed by Rodrygo Goes that the newspaper The Players Tribune has published on its website.

In it, through the voices of the player, his father Eric and his coach Luciano Santos of the youth categories of Santos, they recall the career of the Madridista from his birth, through his signing for Santos, his incorporation to Real Madrid, the triumph in his last Champions League and his call-up to the Brazilian national team for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

His birth on December 25th

“I knew that if he was born in December, he’d be the youngest in his age group and the kids born in January would be almost a year older,” his father Eric explains, revealing his concerns when Rodrygo was born.

“For a young player trying to stand out, that is a disaster. Denise often asked me, ‘But why?’

“I was like, ‘Don’t worry, just do whatever you can to hold him up.’ I wasn’t even gonna take her to the hospital!”

Youth

“My dad always said that words have power. I had all these dreams as a kid – brother, I loved to dream – so I kept telling myself the same things,” he confessed.

“I’m going to play for Brazil. I was running around with a fake Selecão shirt and the Neymar mohawk.

“I’m going to play for Real Madrid. When I was 10, my birthday party theme was ‘Rodrygo Real Madrid.’

“I’m going to win the Champions League. The peak of club football.

“I’m going to play in the World Cup. The peak of football, period.”

Difficulties at Santos

“I had to be at Santos at 7 a.m.. So my mum, you know what she did? At 4 a.m. she would dress me while I was asleep. She would put on the socks, the shorts and the shirt. She’d pack my school uniform,” he explained.

“Then she’d carry me into the car, put me down in the back seat and leave a pillow under my head. Her brother would drive me to Santos, and I’d wake up and eat in the car.

“After training I’d go back to Osasco for school. And then I’d p…

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