‘Modric told me to respect him as he was old enough to be my father’

Young Brazilian winger Rodrygo Goes is happy with his first season at Real Madrid. The youngster completed a transfer from Santos and enjoyed a productive season for the Spanish giants making 28 appearances across all competitions. He has now revealed how Luka Modric was shocked when he learned that Rodrygo’s father is the same age.

“When he found out that my father was 35 years old, he didn’t believe it,” Rodrygo explained in a live broadcast on Twitter. “He then told me I should respect him as he was old enough to be my father. Since then he always calls me son and I call him dad.”

Asked if he has any superstitions as a footballer, Rodrygo answered: “I always put the right boot and right shin pad on first. Then I tie the right boot, and when I get onto the pitch I always take the first step with my right foot, and I never step on the line. I won’t say any more because they are a little crazy.”