Javier Guillén

The Brazilian always saves his best  form for Europe's top club competition



Rodrygo Goes reserves his most sparkling form for the Champions League: the forward is involved in a goal every 73 minutes in Europe.

The numbers speak for themselves. This term, he has five goals each in the UCL and LaLiga, despite playing 18 more games in Spain’s top flight.

And it’s a trend that has been in evidence throughout his Madrid  career. He’s scored 16 in 37 overall in the UCL, and 12 in 100 in LaLiga.

Rodrygo scores every 114 minutes in Europe’s top club competition - a rate bettered at Madrid by only Alfredo di Stéfano and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The player himself struggles to explain why he saves his best for the UCL: “I still can’t put my finger on it. It’s a very special tournament for me.”

After his quarter-final double against Chelsea, the Brazilian earned praise from boss Carlo Ancelotti: “His ability to find the net made the difference.”

Manchester City await in the semis - and are out for revenge for last year. In the 21/22 last four, Rodrygo forced extra time with a last-gasp brace.

The 22-year-old’s estimated  market value is going up and up.  Since he joined Madrid, it has  doubled to around €80 million.

Able to play at No. 9 or on the  wing, Rodrygo has top close control, beats men with ease, and boasts fine decision-making and finishing.

He’s under contract until June 2025.  He wants to stay at the Bernabéu for many years to come, and has the backing of both club and fans.