A few days ago, on July 12, Vinicius Junior celebrated his 21st birthday. Although in the years when many footballers are just starting their professional careers, the young Brazilian is entering his fourth season as a Real Madrid player.
Immediately upon his arrival from Flamengo for 46,000,000 euros, high expectations were set before him, and in the months that follow, the pressure will be higher than ever before. Real's Vinicius is expected to become what Neymar was in Barcelona, and now he is the bearer of the game in Paris Saint-Germain.
So far, he has been supported by the argument of inexperience, but after the season in which he played in 49 games and was a participant in the Copa America finals in the big derby between Brazil and Argentina, he will have to forget the excuses, writes AS Although he is not (yet) the first star in the club or in the national team, his transfer is the second most expensive in the history of Brazilian football, and the most expensive in the world when it comes to players under 19, which obliges him to play well in continuity.
In the 49 games he played under the command of Zinedine Zidane, the Brazilian was on the field for an average of 56 minutes. He will again have strong competition in the form of the recovered Eden Hazard, Lucas Vasquez, Marco Asensio, and Gareth Bale, who is expected to get a notable role again with the return of the Italian expert to the club.
Vinicius used the time spent on the field for six goals and seven assists, which is not a performance that meets expectations. This was, however, the first season in which he got significant minutes and that is why he is not reprimanded, although AS states that in Madrid they expect much more efficient releases of an expensive paid striker than 14 goals and 23 games in 118 games for Real Madrid.
The upcoming season will be extremely important for the young South American, primarily due to the fact that Real is making serious efforts to hire Kylian Mbappe. After the season in which he played in 49 games and was a participant in the Copa America finals in the big derby between Brazil and Argentina.
The arrival of the Frenchman would seriously affect his minutes, but there are small chances that this transfer will happen this summer. If there is one at all. Time is on Vinicius' side, because Real projected him to be among the leaders of the game in the coming years, together with Rodrygo, Valverde and Militao, however, the Royal Club is not known for patience.