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Rodrygo's brace brightens Real Madrid win, Eder Militao's return steals spotlight

Rodrygo showcased his prowess by netting twice as Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory against Athletic Club in La Liga action on Sunday.

But amidst the glory of his goals, Rodrygo found even greater joy in the return of his teammate and Brazilian countryman, Eder Militao, from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury. 

Militao made his comeback appearance late in the game, marking a triumphant return from the ACL tear he suffered in the opening match of the 2023-2024 La Liga season against Athletic Club in August 2023.

Expressing his elation, Rodrygo emphasized, “Militao's return makes me much happier than my goals because I knew that I was going to score again."

For Militao, the moment held immense significance. "I've been thinking about this moment for a long time. It's been difficult for me, but now it's time to enjoy it. The return had to be here, at home. Moreover, against the club I picked up an injury against. To come back against them is a great feeling for me," he shared during his post-match remarks.

Despite doubts lingering over his readiness to start against Manchester City in the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash, Militao's comeback defied expectations, setting the stage for his potential impact in the remaining fixtures of the season.

Acknowledging the overwhelming support from fans and teammates, Militao expressed gratitude. "I'm very pleased and happy for the support received from the fans. 

"When I went out for the warm-up, they showed their support and it filled me with a joy that I cannot explain," he remarked, while also thanking his teammates for their unwavering backing during his absence.

As Real Madrid gear up to face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on April 9 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Militao's return adds a layer of strength and resilience to the squad's pursuit of continental glory.

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