Prior to leaving Brazil for Real Madrid, the winger revealed that he spoke to Pele at his home.
"Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Neymar are sources of inspiration, they're two players I'm a big fan of," Rodrygo told DAZN.
"Pele, Neymar and Robinho mean a lot to me and to my favourite team, too, which is Santos.
"Neymar was the one I followed most, but thank God I had the opportunity to meet all three of them.
"Even before I came to Madrid, I went to Pele's house and received his blessing before I left."