Manchester City star has been declared the world’s best player in his position by Fulham player Joao Palhinha. The Portuguese refused to be compared to Rodrigo Hernandez, claiming that the Man City midfielder is on another level entirely.
Rodri over the past few years has made himself a name to be reckoned with at the Etihad Stadium. The Spanish is one of the first names on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet and his absence has on different cost the resigning Premier League champions as they always struggle without him.
The holding midfielder yesterday justified why he was declared the world’s best player in his position. He became undefeated for a whole year after a dramatic comeback victory against Brentford.
Palhinha himself has been praised for his performances in the no.6 role since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in 2022. He, however, believes that Rodri is a step higher than him.
“Rodri is a step higher than the other players [in defensive midfield], in my opinion. But it’s good that people like and respect me [because] it shows that my job here has been good. I just focus on the job inside the pitch to try to get wins for my team, hopefully starting with Bournemouth,” he said.
In City’s midfield, Rodri has done beyond protecting the backline, he acts as a connection between the defence and the attack. He also provides an end product, having scored 6 goals and provided 7 assists in 21 appearances this campaign.
Also, the City midfielder has taken his incredible performances to the national team. He has become an irreplaceable player at the heart of Spain’s midfield and to display his versatility, he has on different occasions played as a center-back for the Spanish national team.
Therefore, as one of the world’s best players in the number 6 role, his contribution will be needed by the Manchester City team hoping to have another incredible campaign after 2023 success.