2019 is shaping up to be the year of the teenage superstars in the Champions League.
After Matthijs de Ligt captained Ajax to the brink of glory last season, scoring a famous winner against Juventus en route to the semi-finals, two of the most exciting young forwards in the world game have exploded on to the stage so far in 2019/20.
No one has scored more goals in the group stage than Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland, the red-hot Norwegian who has seven in four games so far, but Wednesday night was all about Rodrygo.
It’s not often an 18-year-old joins a club like Real Madrid for £40 million but Rodrygo justified his staggering price-tag inside 90 unbelievable minutes when Galatasaray arrived at the Santiago Bernabau.
With a clinical left-footed fizzer, a bullet header and a close-range tap in, Rodygo became just the fifth teenager to score a hat-trick in the Champions League as Real cruised to a 6-0 win.
But according to Elano, Rodrygo’s former coach at Santos, he could have been playing in the red of Liverpool right now rather than the famous white shirt of Real.
“There was a period when there was very serious interest from Liverpool. The values were very low (at the time), but they wanted to go,” the former Manchester City midfielder has told ESPN Brasil.
“He already had decision making power, even at a young age. I believe so much in his personality.”
With Rodrygo confirming his status as one a young forward with genuinely world-class potential on Wednesday night, Liverpool might have already missed their one and only chance to bring Brazil’s latest wonderkid to Anfield.
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