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Vinicius – the morning star has grown

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec30,2023 #morning #Vinicius
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* Real – Barca: 2:00 a.m. Sunday, April 11, Hanoi time.

Vinicius celebrates increasing the score to 3-1 for Real in the 3-1 win over Liverpool on April 7.

The most talked about ball in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals last week was Real Madrid’s opening goal against Liverpool.

To make the ball complete, Vinicius jumped up, neatly blocked the ball with his chest before decisively defeating his compatriot Alisson in the wooden goal.

After that opening goal, Vinicius also made his mark with the 3-1 score from Luka Modric’s pass.

Alexander-Arnold had a bad evening at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium when he accidentally headed the ball to create an assist for Marco Asensio, before being repeatedly troubled by Vinicius for the rest of the match.

Vinicius - the morning star has grown

Alexander-Arnold experienced the most tiring evening of his career because of Vinicius’ speed and dexterity.

Spontaneity in handling, speed, technique… are the qualities that convinced Real to recruit Vinicius from Flamengo in 2017, when he was not even 18 years old.

It can be said that Neymar is the direct reason why president Florentino Perez spent so much money on young Brazilian talents, when he continuously brought in bright stars Vinicius, Rodrygo and Reinier with sky-high transfer fees even though they never had one.

In the past, many stars attacking the land of Samba often chose mid-range teams in Europe to get used to their new life abroad, then moved up the ladder at super clubs like Real Madrid or Barca.

But the historic Neymar deal changed everything, when Barca beat Real Madrid in the race to sign Brazil’s brightest talent.

Vinicius’s start at Real was not easy.

Not only were there major changes in personnel, Real in the 2018-2019 season was also unstable on the coaching bench after the departure of Zinedine Zidane in the summer.

Vinicius - the morning star has grown

Zidane’s return contributes to helping Vinicius progress faster in the rejuvenation of Real that the French coach implemented.

The 4-1 defeat to the Dutch team turned Real into a former king after three consecutive Champions League titles, and ended Vinicius’ first season in Europe.

With the French coach, Real returned right from the 2019-2020 season with the La Liga and Spanish Super championships.

After appearing in 38 matches in the 2019-2020 season and contributing 5 goals and 4 assists, Vinicius increased his achievements to six in both areas in 37 matches played for the first team this season.

If there is one point that needs improvement in Vinicius so that he can be compared to the world’s top U23 talents like Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland, it is finishing.

In Marca newspaper, the legendary Zico once commented on Vinicius: `He is very talented and will definitely go far. I just hope that Vinicius will not lose his Brazilian identity. What makes him different is the same as Neymar:

Vinicius is fully aware of his own shortcomings and always tries every day to improve.

Vinicius - the morning star has grown

Improving finishing helps Vinicius become much more effective in Real’s attack this season.

The performance against Liverpool helped Vinicius surpass other stars such as Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe and Jorginho to be chosen by the Champions League organizers as `Star of the Week`.

Last season, Vinicius shone in the Classic match with a goal from Kroos’ pass.

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