Misa Rodríguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper, has been the new protagonist in ‘The Match Up’, DAZN format available both on the platform and on the DAZN UWCL channel on YouTube. In it, the Canarian goalkeeper shares her feelings for the European ‘Clásico’ in the quarterfinals with the journalist Bárbara Quesada, at the same time that she reveals some aspects of her more personal side that were unknown to her until now.
“In the end, facing a great Barça in the Champions League and, above all, what ‘El Clásico’ represents makes those hairs stand on end just thinking about it and, above all, in the Champions League, which makes it even more special”, affirms Misa Rodríguez, who admits that what the Madrid team has achieved to date is already a source of pride: “No one expected us to advance to that group stage and even reached the quarterfinals. We are very happy because we believe that expectations have been exceeded.”
In her first season at Real Madrid, Misa Rodríguez was the goalkeeper with the fewest goals scored in the highest national category, conceding 30 goals in 32 games. Her good average was translated into her first Zamora Trophy: “It is something that is incredible because I have always grown up watching Casillas win the Zamora or important goalkeepers win it.. And well, seeing me, the first year in Madrid and achieving that, well, it’s something incredible, I don’t believe it”.
In ‘The Match Up’, Misa Rodríguez assures, after showing her a photo from her childhood with the Real Madrid shirt, that since then she has dreamed of playing as goalkeeper for the ‘merengue’ team: “I see the photo in which I go out with the Madrid shirt and it defines my childhood, everything I dreamed of and lived with that shirt as a child. I wore it for practically any occasion, for any birthday. The times I went out with my friends to the pitch to play football, I always wore the Madrid shirt”.
The goalkeeper also reveals the ritual that follows before each game: “In the shin guards that a fan gave me I have a photo of my grandfather and for me, that is super special, a very nice gift and whenever I go out on the field, I kiss them before I put them on. And I also kiss a tattoo of my grandmother that I have here (pointing to her forearm) when I start to hit the field, “ Explain.