‘I hope to go as far as Messi’

Jese Rodriguez has reflected on a goalscoring stat at the FIFA U-20 World Cup that has him close to Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Diego Maradona.

The Argentine trio all managed to score six times when representing their country at the competition that Jese is currently involved in with Spain and sat on five goals.

In conversation with AS, the Real Madrid man reflected on the numbers and on the chance to pull level with that trio.

“The truth is that yes, that is surprising a little, I did not know that information,” commented Jese when told of the stats.

“They are players who have become world greats, that is clear. I’m very happy with how things are going for me and to have scored five goals.

“I will try to get as many as possible to try and surpass that mark.

“More than a compliment or source of pride, it is a great personal satisfaction [to match these players].

“Hopefully I can become a major player and get as far as they have, although that is very difficult.

“Now things are going well, but in a few years I do not know how they will have gone.”

Spain are gearing up for a quarter-final against Uruguay in this year’s competition hosted in Turkey, due to be played on Saturday evening at the Ataturk Stadium in Bursa.

“If we are ourselves and maintain our philosophy, we can go far. I would hope to finish as top scorer, but it is not the most important thing.

“It doesn’t matter who scores the goals, what matters is that they serve the team to win.”

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