“Pelé gave me his blessing before signing for Real Madrid”

first_imgBrazilian Real Madrid striker Rodrygo Goes points to his compatriot Neymar and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo as his “sources of inspiration”, but warns that his “hero and greatest inspiration” is his father, while praising the figure of Zinédine Zidane because it is helping him “where and how to improve”.“My greatest inspiration is my father, without a doubt. And, of the players with whom I share the time, Cristiano and Neymar, who are the two that I take as a reference and who are sources of inspiration, two players of whom I am a great fan But as a hero, my father, he is my hero, “Rodrygo says in an interview with ‘DAZN’. And even though he doesn’t play very regularly now, He claims to have “a very good relationship” with Zinédine Zidane. “He received me very well. He knew the moment to get me into the field and how to prepare for it. Today I am in good shape and he is the culprit. He helps me, advises me and tells me where and how to improve, he also highlights what I do well. All this time with him is being very good, “he remarks. The striker too celebrates having been able to debut with the national team from his country, “the great dream of every Brazilian child”. “And I was able to debut against Argentina. I hope to wear the national team shirt more often, I continue to do my job here to be called up. Really, it is the greatest dream for a professional player. The dream of every child is to wear this shirt someday, and I have been able to make it come true, “he points out.Rodrygo made these statements after receiving the award for best young player in the world in the Awards ‘NxGn 2020’, awarded by ‘Goal’, and before soccer stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I think this award will motivate me a lot, it gives me a lot of confidence and I hope that good things happen, that I continue to play very well this season,” he wishes.center_img Asked for three referents of Brazilian soccer such as the legendary Pelé, Neymar and Robinho, the young attacker recognizes that the three “represent a lot” for him and for Santos, his “favorite” team. “Neymar was the one I followed the most, but thank God I had the opportunity to meet the three of them. Even before coming to Madrid, I went to Pelé’s house and received his blessing before I left,” he confesses.“Real Madrid is like Vila Belmiro (the Santos stadium), a dream come true for me and anyone who knows me knows it. My big dream was to play here, I always watched the games, “stresses Rodrygo, who describes his first goal as Real Madrid player as” a very emotional moment. “He will always remain in my memory,” he admits of scoring against Osasuna when he barely had a minute in the field.last_img read more

APU, Biola stars get GSAC honors

first_imgButler (14.6), Zea (14.0) and King (12.3) each averaged double figures this season. Despite being a shooting guard, Butler led the Cougars with 6.6 rebounds per game. Biola junior forward Danny Jones also was awarded placement on the team. Jones increased his scoring average from 14.8 during nonconference games to 15.7 points in GSAC play and maintained his 8.5 rebounds per game for the Eagles, who have struggled for the past two seasons to middle-of-the-pack finishes. Numerous Azusa Pacific and Biola players were named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference basketball team on Tuesday. For the men, the Cougars tied San Diego Christian for the most players named to the team, with seniors Demario Butler, Scott Zea and Tristan King each receiving the honor. APU’s women’s team had two honorees. Senior guard Monica Somers, who led the GSAC in scoring at 21.4 points per game, and junior forward Abby Johnson were named to the team. Johnson had seven double-doubles this season and averaged 13.8 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per outing for the Cougars, who have had their best season in decades. Sophomore center Megann Alberts, who averaged a double-double and led Biola with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game, was the only selection for the Eagles. She was her team’s high scorer in 22 of Biola’s 27 games and eclipsed the 30-point mark twice, including a 36-point, 19-rebound outing in a win over Cal Baptist. The University of La Verne women’s basketball team, plays at Chapman today at 7 p.m in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. center_img Raya has led the Leopards (19-6) in various categories, including steals and free-throw percentage, and is second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in scoring. Jones leads the SCIAC in scoring (17.5) and rebounding (10.8). It’s the third time La Verne will play the Panthers this season. The Leopards have lost both meetings. The winner of the ULV-Chapman game will travel to Brownwood, Texas to face No. 3 Howard Payne University (27-1), the only team in the tournament with a first-round bye. led by junior guard Marissa Raya and freshman forward Trenecca Jones, Five Cal State L.A. women will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on March 9-10. Distance runners Karla Alburez and Maija Rohde, hurdler and shot putter Jamilah St. Cyr and jumpers Omonike Kotey and Syntia Fargeau all reached qualifying marks at the Rossi relays over the weekend. Alburez and Rohde, members of the Golden Eagles cross country team that took fourth place earlier this year, were the top qualifiers among their teammates with the eighth-best times in their respective events. Second-year Golden Eagles men’s basketball coach Stephen Thompson will be honored with the Vic Hanson Medal of Excellence at the 36th Annual Syracuse University Hardwood Fund Basketball Celebration on March 5. Thompson, a Syracuse alumnus, will be the 25th recipient of the award, given annually for outstanding contributions to college basketball. sean.moses@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN

first_imgILLIES Golden Gloves boxer Willie McLaughlin just fell short of an elite Irish title at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.Champion Adam Nolan retained his title in the 69kg category.Nolan was ahead 7-3 after the first round, to boos from the Donegal contingent in the crowd who believed McLaughlin had pointed better. The Inishowen man was under the cosh in the second round and was behind 16-5 at the second round, again the crowd wasn’t happy with that either.McLaughlin came out fighting in the third round knowing he needed a knock-out to win the title and he put in a storming performance.He landed some cracking shots on Nolan in a superb round and with 40 seconds to go McLaughlin had Nolan bouncing off the ropes.The Leinster man clinged on to win but the 23-12 scoreline seemed much wider than most fans thought. There were boos from the Donegal crowd – there was a feeling that there was no way the Olympian Nolan had won by that margin.Nolan paid tribute to McLaughlin afterwards describing him as a great champion. BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingBOXING: McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLANbuncranadonegal daily sportlast_img read more