Real Madrid unveil $71m wonderkid Vinicius Junior

Ruben Hill
July 23, 2018

"Neymar is my idol & I follow him closely", he said.

Vinicius Junior says that he is ready to be part of Real Madrid's first team amid suggestions that the teenager could be loaned out. I know the adaptation will not be easy, but I am ready to do whatever is necessary. The people around me are here to help me with this.

This time, they acted quickly to get their man, and were willing to pay a big fee to acquire him, just as they were when signing other young talents such as Dani Ceballos and Rodrygo, another teenage Brazilian who will arrive next summer from Santos for £40.5 million.

"This is the best opportunity a football player could have".

Madrid president Florentino Perez said: "He's a player who is already considered one of the great hopes of Brazilian and world football". But sacrifice is not something new for me.

It is yet to be seen whether the youngster can emulate the recently departed Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arriving from Fluminese, he becomes the world's most expensive player under the age of 19 ever, costing £38.7 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Juventus for £88m

He's a typical Brazilian flair player, capable of creating and scoring with excellent dribbling and has inevitably been labelled the "next Neymar" even at such a tender age.

Real have International Champions Cup friendlies to play against teams including Manchester United and Juventus as they prepare for the UEFA Super Cup final against Atletico Madrid. "I dream of playing with Neymar, and if God wills it, I will play with him soon for Brazil".

"Here is where I was most happy playing football and won many things", he said.

"This is the best place you could be".

Vinicius would relish the chance to play in the same side as Neymar but thinks it is more likely to happen with the national team.

It was a memorable day for the youngster as he stepped out onto The Bernabeu pitch and was greeted by his compatriot and club legend Ronaldo, who scored 104 goals in 177 games for Real between 2002 and 2007.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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