10/12/2021; 2:55 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Vinicius Junior is slowly becoming a household name in football, and the 22-year-old is at the base of most good things that have happened to his club Real Madrid in the current campaign. Last term, the Brazilian forward played 49 matches in the white shirt of Los Blancos and managed just six goals. Zinedine Zidane was not encouraged by his end product. The French manager preferred Eden Hazard to the Brazilian.
Something seems to have snapped in the prodigiously talented Brazilian as his end product has improved tremendously following the return of Carlo Ancelotti to the club. Vinicius has become decisive, and his finishing has become world-class. What seemed improbable last season has become possible this season. The youngster has confined Eden Hazard to the bench. It is only a matter of time before he takes the Number 7 off Hazard’s back.
Vinicius Junior has formed a lethal partnership with Karim Benzema, but even in the absence of the striker, has been able to carry the team and shoo it to vital wins. The future of Real Madrid seems to have become its present. If Vinicius continues with this level of performance, it is only a matter of time before he gains respect in the Spanish capital.
Few players in the world can boast of form like Vinicius Junior at the moment. The forward has hit a rich vein of form, banging in goals every other week and cementing his place in the pantheon of greats. He hasd the season in fantastic form helping Los Blancos forget the lacklustre form of heavily priced Eden Hazard. It is perhaps no surprise to see that the ex-Chelsea man has been linked with a return to the Premier League.
The form of the Belgian has become nothing more than an anecdote in the history of Real Madrid. The current Vinicius form has made sure of that.
There have been talks of a contract extension for the Brazilian, with other clubs also snooping around the player. Vinicius is, however, unperturbed by the rumours surrounding him. When asked the price tag he would put on himself after the fantastic start to the season, Vinicius said he would not put any.
Speaking with Vamos, he said he would rather stay here in Madrid.
Vinicius Junior got his first goal in a 4-1 thrashing of Alves. He came on in the 66th minute to replace Eden Hazard and scored in the 90th minute for Los Blancos. He has since that goal not looked back, scoring 10 La Liga Santander goals. The Brazilian is currently the second top scorer in the La Liga behind teammate Karim Benzema on 12.
The Brazilian believes that if he continues this way by impressing domestically and internationally, he would be worthy of the Ballon d’Or.
Vinicius said he had to work hard to be in the reckoning for the award. According to Vinicius, he has to keep playing here, do things well, and always be at his best. He believes that he can win the award in the future.
Vinicius has scored 12 goals and six assists in 22 matches in all competitions this season.