Negative comments can be very hard for young players and completely throw them off track on the psychological level, but the moment that depression is transferred to spite, a crucial transformation can occur. Vinicius Jr.
has suffered criticism in recent months, which was largely justified, and the highlight was the statements of the former general manager of Real Madrid, Jorge Valdano, who said: "If you ask me if I would swap Vinicius for Mbappe, the answer is yes."
It was these stories, about his possible involvement in the process of bringing the great Frenchman to Madrid next summer, that seemed to arouse passions in the super-talented Brazilian, who clearly shouted: "I'm here!" during the celebration of the first goal.
Reputable Madrid newspapers Marca and AS enthusiastically followed last night's game of the double scorer in the clash of the quarterfinals of the Champions League with Liverpool. "There were those who whispered to him that he should leave Madrid due to lack of a real opportunity, but Vinnie never considered that.
Because he is very attached to Real because he always attacks directly. Ask Alexander Arnold who lived in a nightmare last night," writes Marca
The Brazilian flew on the field, changed his direction fantastically, and kept his rhythm constantly, and then in the 27th minute, he turned the incredible pass of Toni Kroos from over 20 meters into a real work of art.
Realization, which often posed a serious problem in his game last night, was his strongest weapon. "Vinicius was the big winner last night. For the first time in his career, he managed to convince every Real Madrid fan and football fan in general.
In addition to the goals scored, he did not stop creating problems for the visiting defense. Alexander Arnold never managed to stop him," he wrote. AS. In October last year, the cameras of the French television captured a dialogue between Karim Benzema and Mendy, in which the experienced striker told the defender not to pass the ball to the Brazilian at half time of the match with Monchengladbach because he was playing against them.
It was probably the hardest moment for the young player this season, perhaps in a complete fight in Madrid. But last night, everything definitely changed radically. In a direct clash with one of the best right-backs on the planet, Vinicius did whatever he wanted.
In the transition, he simply destroyed the opponent's players and won the "one on one" duels. For a player who was paid a hefty 45,000,000 euros and who was under enormous pressure because of that, a match like this was of great value, perhaps a turning point in his career.