Vinicius Jr – Real Madrid’s Next Big Superstar?

Vinicius Jr - Real Madrid's Next Big Superstar?

Struck by inconsistency and two massive departures, Los Blancos have been reduced to a shadow of their former ruthless selves. Yet, amid all the hopelessness and against all odds, an 18-year-old has emerged as their brightest and most vivid spark. 


Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo were two of the most prolific members of Real Madrid. So, after their successive departures, Los Blancos were forced to fall back upon the most experienced members of the squad. Gareth Bale, who was bound to become the ‘King of Madrid’ after Ronaldo’s departure, failed to live up to the billing, handing one lanky Brazilian teenager an opportunity he couldn’t even dream of.

The former Flamengo forward always dreamt of donning the royal white. So, when the opportunity finally presented itself in 2017, he couldn’t help himself from jumping the gun.

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“Yes, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona among others,” he told Marca when asked if there had been inquiries from other clubs.

“They were always in touch with us. In the end, we waited for the right time and the right team.”

“I felt that I was making my boyhood dream come true, that I was going to a club that all the best players in the world want to be at. The best are there. I can’t explain the happiness I felt when I signed the contract with Real Madrid,” said the youngster.

During Madrid’s pre-season games, Vinicius Jr finally got the opportunity to stretch his legs. Julen Lopetegui certainly took notes but didn’t think he was ready for real, competitive football. Over the first 10 La Liga games, he could only manage to play 12 minutes of football, coming off the bench against Atletico Madrid and Alaves, respectively. Lopetugui’s ill-fated Bernabeu stint ended with the crushing 5-1 defeat at Barcelona, and with it, Vinicius’ frustrating spell on the sidelines.

Santiago Solari, straightaway, showed more faith in the player than Lopetegui ever did, and started him in the Copa del Rey clash against UD Melilla. The Brazilian rewarded his coach’s faith with a brace of assists, showing first signs of his quality on the ball. He once again impressed in the second leg, this time netting his first senior goal for Real Madrid.

His first La Liga start came earlier in January, in the 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad. Los Blancos were all over the place and produced one of their worst performances of the current campaign, but Vinicius, once again, stood out with his daunting runs and never-ending enthusiasm. In the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 clash against Leganes, the Brazilian dropped one of his best performances, pitching in with a goal and an assist as Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Over the last few weeks, Vinicius Junior has been one of the first names on Solari’s team sheet. It is as if he knows the value of every single minute as a Real Madrid player, knows just how quickly it could all fade away.

The teenager, in no way, is the most polished player in the star-studded Real Madrid squad. He also isn’t the most dependable. But the youngster, most definitely, seems like the most courageous. He still needs to work a lot on his touches, his movement, and most of all, his finishing. But the temperament he has shown, so far, has really been exemplary. Vinicius Junior may or may not be the solution to all of Real Madrid’s problems, but the Brazilian, at the very least, makes all Madridistas hope for the improbable; makes them believe that it’s never over until the fat lady sings.

5 Players who beat Mbappe to a Golden Boy Award Nomination

5 Players who beat Mbappe to the Golden Boy Award Nomination

The Golden Boy Nominations have been announced and the biggest Shock for Many people was the Fact that Kylian Mbappe was left out of the final 5 Shortlist.


Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boy Award in 2017 but is still eligible for the coveted trophy as he is under the age of 21. While some fans think he is omitted because he won the award last Season while other optimistic fans think it’s because Kylian Mbappe will make it to the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

That is a realistic possibility given that the awards are organized by France’s Football Federation. The 5 Final Nominees are still a great group of Players so let’s have a look at them.

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool (20 Years-old)

The Liverpool Youngster has been phenomenal at the Merseyside Club and has made the Right-Back position his own keeping Compatriot Nathaniel Clyne out of the team.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold broke Into England’s World Cup Squad this year, was easily in the top 3 Right Backs in the Premier League and According to Statistics site, Squawka made just one defensive error in the whole 2017/18 Premier League Season. He is a definite favorite for the Golden Boy.

 

 

2. Patrick Cutrone- AC Milan (20 Years-Old)

Cutrone was a pleasant Surprise for AC Milan last Season. After investing so much Money in bringing top players to the Club and spending 38 Million on a Striker like Andre Silva and then watching him fail must’ve hurt fans of the Club.

Patrick Cutrone

Surprise Surprise, a new star breaks onto the Scene and Cutrone scored an impressive 18 Goals in his first Full Season for his boyhood Club. Furthermore, He broke into the Italy Squad as well to earn his first Cap.

 

 

3. Matthijs de Ligt- Ajax (19 Years-Old)

de Ligt is probably the most sought after Centre-Back in the World right now and the Dutch Teenager is living up to the hype.

Matthijs de Ligt

He has seemed to become Ajax’s most important defender and is evidently growing with every game for the Netherlands especially when he’s paired alongside Virgil Van Dijk. No wonder Barcelona are reportedly ready to pay 80 Million Euros for him.

 

 

4. Justin Kluivert- Ajax/Roma (19 Years-Old)

It isn’t often that a famous Footballer’s Son goes on to play as well as his Father. We aren’t saying that Justin Kluivert is going to achieve what the Great Patrick Kluivert did but he certainly has potential.

Justin Kluivert

Kluivert Jr. Reportedly had offers from the Likes of Barcelona and Manchester United after shining at Ajax but according to his Father, they picked Roma in order to have more game time and chances to grow. Roma Legend, Francesco Totti personally called Patrick Kluivert to advocate the move.

 

 

5. Vinicius Jr.- Real Madrid (18 Years-Old)

The Brazilian youth sensation Cost Real Madrid a reported 46 Million Euros when he signed a Pre-Contract 2 years back that would see him move to the Los Blancos after he turned 18.

Vinicius Jr

Though Vinicius isn’t a regular in the senior Real Madrid team yet, He has turned some heads for the Youth Madrid and Brazil Teams. Vinicius is an exciting prospect for the future and Madrid will hope to get the best out of him.