Brazil are set to meet Argentina in Riyadh on Friday evening and the teenage sensation,Rodrygo has been listed in the squad following his fine domestic form with Real Madrid.
Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar will not make the trip to Saudi Arabia as he continues his recovery from an injury picked up on the last international break, so the 18-year-old is set to be the creative focal point of Tite’s team.
Rodrygo is making the most of his 2019/20 season staying on fire after his Real Madrid debut and being forced into a team that was struggling for goals.
Having impressed Zinedine Zidane suitably this term, Rodrygo has emerged as a very important player for Real Madrid, and now he has the chance to cement a similar status within the Selecao, especially playing in such a high-profile fixture.
In Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo will be ably supported in attack, although he will likely seek the advice of domestic teammate Casemiro.
Brazil haven’t been able to rely on Neymar’s fitness of late and in his continued absence there is hope that Rodrygo could be the breakout star of the future, especially with Pele having spoken glowingly about the teen prodigy.
Opposite Rodrygo, Messi will take the armband for Argentina in the fixture, and matches don’t come any bigger for the Barcelona forward than a clash with his nation’s fierce rival.
During the summer, the last match between the two teams came in the Copa America semi-final, which Brazil won 2-0, though Messi’s rather uncharacteristic critique of the officials was the story from the clash.
While the latest chapter in a long rivalry will be played on neutral ground, a lot of baggage will be brought from the summer into this game, making it another incredibly intense situation for Rodrygo to join.