Rodrygo turns 21 years of age on Sunday January 9 to match the number he dons for both club and country.
Before he can get to celebrating, he has the small matter of a LaLiga Santander game against Valencia to contend with where he hopes to start again.
His rise to becoming a starter at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is only the beginning though and he, along with Los Blancos fans, will be hoping that 2022 sees him push on to another level of performance.
If he is to do that, he has to start adding more goals to his tally as he has just two Champions League goals to his name in all competitions for Real Madrid this season.
A run of 16 games played without scoring in the league simply isn’t good enough for a Real Madrid attacker.
But he has all the natural ability to start producing an end product and contributing to Madrid’s push for the LaLiga Santander title.
And he will need to if he is to get a call up to the 2022 Qatar World Cup that takes place in November-December.
Rodrygo has three Brazil caps to his name so far but he is yet to find the net for his national team in a similar problem to his club form.
Rivalling players such as Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Los Blancos teammate Vinicius Jr. could see Rodrygo struggle to play at all if he even gets called up to go to Qatar.
For 2022 to be the year Rodrygo hopes it will be, he needs to find a way to start scoring because an attacker without goals in their locker has no chance of getting a call for the World Cup from Brazil.
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