Brazil Superstars Train In Abu Dhabi Ahead Of Gulf International Friendlies

14 November 2019
Brazil, UAE, Abu Dhabi, South Korea
Credit: Morhaf Al Assaf
Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will be joined by Real Madrid's 18-year-old wonderkid Rodrygo as Brazil take on Argentina in Saudi and South Korea in Abu Dhabi

For fans of the beautiful game, the holiday season has come early. The boys from Brazil are back in town.

On November 19, the five-time World Cup winners will take on Korea Republic at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium with star-studded line-up that includes Thiago Silva, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Gabriel Jesus.

This is not be the first time Brazil have played in Abu Dhabi, having beaten the UAE 8-0 in a friendly match at Zayed Sports City stadium in November 2005.

As the Brazilian first team squad continue their preparations in the UAE capital, a buzz has grown over the news that 18-year-old wonderkid Rodrygo is set to make his international debut in either of Brazil’s next two friendlies; against Argentina in Saudi Arabia on Friday, or South Korea in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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Brazil squad training at Al Wahda's home ground, Al Nahyan stadium, in Abu Dhabi

It has been quite a few weeks for Rodrygo, who went from scoring a perfect hat-trick for Real Madrid in the Champions League (the youngest Brazilian to ever do so) to being called up for the first time to the Brazilian national squad.

 “I have prepared myself on the pitch by practicing every day, which I am sure every other player has done as well but I’ve also prepared myself off the pitch,” Rodrygo said. “I don’t let things go to my head or let my mind be run by my emotions – my father helped me a lot with this. He was a player and I could see what happened to his career, so it helped me to use his experience to use in my career.”
 
The Real Madrid forward has an outstanding start to his career at the Bernabeu typified by his sensational three goal rout against Galatasaray and and is already being talked up by many as Madrid’s answer to their lack of goals in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era.


Rodrygo speaking to local media in Abu Dhabi

 “It’s really hard to be Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added. “I would have loved to have played with him, but I do not want to carry this pressure with me. I want to be a great player for Real Madrid and Brazil one day, but I am still developing, and I know I need to improve and grow in my career.”
 
“I’m feeling really happy with life at the moment. It’s every Brazilian’s dream to wear this shirt and now I am here with these players that I have watched since I was a child. I’m really happy.”

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