"I have to stay calm" - Real Madrid talent keeping feet on the ground, perfect mentality to have

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The world is currently at Rodrygo Goes’ feet.

The 18-year-old Real Madrid prodigy bagged his first Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray and it would be far too easy to succumb to all of these sensations that are following his every step.

However, in a post-game interview with Movistar (via Marca), Rodrygo showed that he is already mature enough to handle the pressure.

What did he say?

We often see young prodigies rise and fly too close to the sun only to get burned and hit the gutters relatively quickly.

And the demands of modern football dictate players get to their best quickly and remain there even at such a young age. Rodrygo’s sudden rise is definitely impressive but now comes the more difficult part – handling it properly.

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But Real Madrid’s faithful can rest easy for now because it seems the 18-year-old is well aware of things moving a bit too fast or rather, faster than he expected at the very beginning of his career at the Spanish capital.

Here’s what he told Movistar after his hat-trick against Galatasaray:

“I’m happy and it’s a very happy night. But I have to stay calm and be relaxed. Everything is going much quicker than what I expected when I arrived [at Real Madrid]. But I’m trying to stay calm and continue working day by day.”

The right mentality

At first glance, this might seem like a generic thing to say.

He bagged a hat-trick and of course the spotlight is his for the time being, but just the fact he recognised his rise is moving at an extraordinary pace that’s not necessarily “normal” for a kid his age is a huge blessing for Real Madrid.

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They really have a big talent on their hands but often that alone is not enough.

But Rodrygo himself has to keep his feet firmly on the ground if he wants to become a big star of the future.

The media will undoubtedly put him on a pedestal and hail him the new legend in making, that much is practically unavoidable after such a glorious display in the Champions League, but that’s exactly what can often destroy young prodigies before they even start moving up and beyond.

Luckily, it seems that the 18-year-old Brazilian is well aware of the hype train that is coming his way and he’s ready to take things nice and slow.

Let’s hope he can stay true to his words, for both his and Real Madrid’s sake.

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