- Rodrygo has burst into the Real Madrid first team this term after summer move
- The 18-year-old joined the club for £39million this summer from Santos
- He has since scored a Champions League hat-trick and been called up for Brazil
- Ex-City star and former Santos coach Elano claims Liverpool nearly signed him
Rodrygo took the Champions League by storm mid-week with a Champions League hat-trick
The Brazilian has become a break-out star at Real Madrid but could have joined Liverpool
Former Manchester City star Elano was a coach at Santos and revealed how Rodrygo was subject of high interest from the Premier League leaders
Rodrygo grabbed Europe’s attention in midweek following his hat-trick for Real Madrid against Galatasaray in a thumping 6-0 win, but the 18-year-old could have been playing in the Champions League with Liverpool.
The forward has burst on the scene at the Bernabeu this term, scoring five goals in six appearances across La Liga and the Champions League – averaging a goal every 74 minutes.
But according to former Manchester City star Elano, Liverpool could have signed Rodrygo when he was a youth prospect at Santos only for their offer to be considered too low by the Brazilian side.
‘There was very strong interest from Liverpool for the boy when he was in the lower categories and they wanted to sign him, but the offer was too low,’ Elano told ESPN.
‘Then came the offer from Madrid. I had a talk with the club and told them it was worth betting on the boy and that I would like to work with him.
Rodrygo joined Madrid in the summer in a deal worth around £39million and despite starting the season in the reserve Castilla set-up, has since broken into the first team.
His midweek treble, making him the first player in the 21st century to score in the Champions League, follows up La Liga strikes against Osasuna and Leganes.
La Liga apps: 2 (2 as sub) goals: 2
Champions Lge apps: 2 (0) goals: 3
Elano, a former coach at Santos, claims he was never in doubt about Rodrygo’s potential and tips the forward for a bright future in the game following his first senior call-up for Brazil.
‘He already had that ability at a very young age,’ Elano added. ‘There are very few players that are so young who show such maturity and a personality that in football is already formed.
‘He has many technical resources and great control of his movements. That is why his progression to the first team of Santos was not delayed.
‘He is very calm and aware he has more responsibilities, but I am sure he will be a success.’