Both the statistics and the film show evidence that Rodrygo is the caliber of player that Real Madrid can help build a juggernaut around.
The Brazilian has clearly impressed Zidane, having started the following two league games, scoring once more in a 5-0 win over Leganes. Marcelo was given a rest for the La Liga game but should return to the starting XI, replacing Ferland Mendy in the side. The Croatian could perhaps be an option from the bench for manager Zinedine Zidane.
After scoring the fastest ever league goal by a Real debutant in September - a sumptuous control and finish after 94 seconds - he now has his name etched into the European record books too.
The competition for some of the positions in the Real Madrid first-team setup is intense.
"Rodrygo has the same individual qualities as Vinicius but the thing that marks the difference between them is when it comes to finishing; in that aspect Rodrygo is much stronger", he said recently.
Twenty-seven shots were peppered towards the Istanbul club's goal in the first fixture between the two teams, but only Toni Kroos' shot went into the net. Rodrygo provides the assist as Karim Benzema taps home!
Two goals, two records, as Rodrygo scored the earliest brace in Champions League history, officially timed at six minutes and 14 seconds.
He is also the second-youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League behind only Real legend Raul, who was 18 years and 113 days when he scored his treble for Los Blancos against against Ferencvaros in October 1995.
Real hit the front in just three minutes when Rodrygo brought down a far post-delivery to curl into the bottom corner on his Champions League home debut.
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However, in the second minute of stoppage-time, Rodrygo converted Karim Benzema's pass to complete a flawless hat-trick by scoring a treble using his right foot, left foot and head.
Benzema, 31, became only the second player - after Barcelona's Lionel Messi - to achieve the feat when he turned in from Rodrygo on the verge of half-time.
Gareth Bale remains unavailable for Real Madrid. Rodrygo should take his place on the right side of the Real Madrid attack, with Eden Hazard being deployed on the opposite flank.