Real Madrid's Vinicius: Football's Next Superstar?

by Ioannis Theodorou
14th Sep 2018

Vinicius Junior is the newest name in a long line of brilliant Brazilians and was unveiled amid much fanfare by Real Madrid – just eight days after his 18th birthday.

For the former Flamengo wonderkid, it was the next step in his fast-track to the top. And he has had time to prepare, having made only a handful of appearances with the Rio de Janeiro club before agreeing an astonishing €45 million (£38m/$50m) switch to Los Blancos last year.

For many, the attention would have been overwhelming. But Vinicius has lived much of his life under the spotlight already, going through adolescence with the weight of the watching world on his shoulders.

That potential will now be realised in the Spanish capital, following a deal that will see him follow in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Robinho – against whom Vinicius made his senior debut in 2017.

Last year, a Real Madrid coach was quoted as saying Vinicius is the type of talent that emerges "only once every 10 or 20 years".

Vinicius’ journey is yet to really begin, however. Flamengo worked hard to keep his feet on the ground and to ensure he remained focused only on the immediate future, but he has now flown from the nest.

Grounded, talented and determined to improve, if he continues to develop as he has so far, it appears both Real Madrid and Brazil will have a future star on their hands.






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