Real Madrid’s Rodrygo: ‘I was 100% sure we’d be in the final and it all worked out’

The Champions League semi-final hero discusses his losing bet that night, never giving up and his World Cup dreamRodrygo played probably the game of his life when Real Madrid eliminated Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final. His two dramatic late goals forced extra time at the Bernabéu when all hope appeared lost, but the Brazilian still ended the night a loser as well as a winner.Rodrygo had made a bet with his father, the former footballer Eric Goes, that he would score a hat-trick. When Madrid won the penalty that sealed a 3-1 victory on the night and a place in Saturday’s final against Liverpool, surely he was tempted to ask Karim Benzema to stand aside?

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