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Pele hails Rodrygo after stunning Madrid turnaround

Having scored an incredible brace to send Real Madrid to the Champions League final, Rodrygo was congratulated by Brazilian icon Pele.

Rodrygo has been congratulated by Brazilian legend Pele for his role in Real Madrid’s incredible 6-5 aggregate win over Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals.

Having replaced Toni Kroos as a 68th-minute substitute shortly before Riyad Mahrez’s goal put Madrid 5-3 down in the tie,

Rodrygo scored an astonishing last-gasp brace to force a thrilling second leg to extra-time.

Where Karim Benzema’s penalty sent Los Blancos to the final.

The 21-year-old became the first-ever player to score two 90th-minute goals in a Champions League knockout game and just the second substitute to score a semi-final brace in the competition, after Georginio Wijnaldum for Liverpool against Barcelona in 2018-19.

After changing the course of the tie with two goals in a dramatic 91 seconds.

Rodrygo, who has five caps for Brazil, received high praise from an iconic compatriot on social media.

In an Instagram post, Pele wrote alongside a photo of himself and Rodrygo wearing the Selecao’s famous yellow shirts.

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Pele hails Rodrygo after stunning Madrid turnaround

“I always knew the day to congratulate you would come, my friend.

“There is no other way for those who work hard and love what they do.

“You are enlightened, and you will still bring us many joys. Congratulations. I can’t wait to watch the final!”

Rodrygo scored his first international goal in a 4-0 win over Paraguay and has recorded eight goals and eight assists in a successful season with Madrid. He has started 21 times in all competitions.

Madrid will face Liverpool in their 17th European Cup/Champions League final later this month.

Los Blancos have made the final at least six times more than any other club.

And defeated the Reds on their last such appearance in 2018.

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