The Brazilian wonderkid needed little over six minutes to net twice against Galatasaray, marking the fastest brace the competition has ever seen
Real Madrid’s teenage sensation Rodrygo wrote himself into the Champions League record books on Wednesday as he stormed out of the blocks against Galatasaray.
The Brazilian, 18, opened the scoring at Santiago Bernabeu just four minutes into Madrid’s Group A clash to mark his first-ever goal in the competition.
And he would not have to wait long to double his tally.
Two minutes later Rodrygo found himself in the right place to head Marcelo’s cross past Fernando Muslera, the left-back serving up both strikes for his young compatriot as Madrid took a commanding lead.
In total the former Santos prodigy needed a mere six minutes and 14 seconds to net twice past the Turkish visitors, the fastest double ever recorded in the Champions League.
Any hopes he may have had for a hat-trick inside the first quarter-hour, however, were to be dashed.
2 – Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes has scored the earliest brace in the Champions League history (6′ 14”). Thunder. pic.twitter.com/qQglFKmH3i
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When Toni Kroos was brought down in the area it was captain Sergio Ramos who stepped up to do the honours from the penalty spot, and he obliged with a panenka finish to put his side 3-0 up.
Had Rodrygo been given the chance to score from the spot and beaten Muslera once again, he would have broken the record for the fastest hat-trick in the competition’s history, beating Marco Simeone’s 24-minute treble for AC Milan against Rosenborg in 1996.
The glut of goals will be more than welcome for Madrid and coach Zinedine Zidane, particularly following their Liga toils at the weekend.
Madrid spurned the chance to go clear of Barcelona at the top as they were held 0-0 by Real Betis at home, despite racking up a total of 22 shots over the 90 minutes.
“We won’t score five goals every day,” Zidane told reporters after Saturday’s stalemate.
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“We have had chances. The goal has been the only thing that we have lacked.”
Fortunately for the Frenchman they were in no short supply in the Champions League, thanks to their dangerous teenage frontman.