Rodrygo Brilliant Penalty Was Thanks To Toni Kroos' Encouragement
Real Madrid forward Rodrygo scored a brilliant penalty during the side's Supercopa win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday and he had Toni Kroos to thank, after the midfielder's encouragement.
The game went to penalties after the two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the Supercopa final and, just like in the 2016 Champions League final, Real came out on top.
Zinedine Zidane's side slotted home all four of their penalties but easily the best of the lot was the second spot kick, put away by teenager Rodrygo.
After the match the young Brazilian was full of praise for teammate Kroos, explaining the German was the reason he stepped up to take the penalty, "When they were deciding who should take one [penalties in the shootout] I waited a bit, as there were others with more experience. Kroos said that I should take one. He insisted, saying 'Rodrygo, Rodrygo'"
The former Santos forward explained that he'd practised hitting the ball high into the net adding, "I train on penalties like that, even if it went a little higher than I usually hit them This is one of my best days. I dreamed of this moment, of winning a title with Real Madrid."
Kroos explained why he told the youngster to step forward to take one of the penalties, saying, "I know Rodrygo takes penalties very well. That's why I told him he has to take it."
Dani Carvajal sent Los Blancos on their way in the shoot-out with the first penalty before Saul Nunez struck the post with his. Rodrygo added the second and Thibaut Courtois made Real's victory likely by saving Thomas Partey's attempt.
Luka Modric made it 3-0 before Kieran Trippier gave Diego Simeone's side some hope only for Sergio Ramos to bury the fourth penalty and hand Zidane his ninth win in nine finals as Real manager.
Real were also indebted to Federico Valverde's sacrifice as the midfielder got himself sent off in the 115th minute for taking out Alvaro Morata with the striker through on goal one-on-one.
The Uruguayan won himself Man of the Match for the intervention but he had to share moment of the match with Rodrygo's excellent penalty.