Who is Vinícius Júnior?


Real Madrid have beat archrivals Barcelona to the signing of 16-year-old Vinícius Júnior, but who is the Brazilian teen sensation?

Sam May gives you the rundown of all you need to know…

Dubbed ‘the new Neymar’, he has agreed to join Real Madrid in 2018 for £33.7million. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he joined Flamengo and began his rise to prominence aged 10 before staring for the under-13s.

Before moving to join his uncle in the centre of Rio at the age of 14, he was playing on the streets of São Gonçalo, but moved so he could commit to training more frequently, the training, which helped to develop the wonderkid, he is today.

He announced his arrival onto the scene against Botafogo, scoring the opening goal of Rio de Janeiro junior Cup in October in the Classico. Despite playing for Flamengo and the Brazil youth teams, he is yet to play for either at the top level. Being top scorer with seven goals, for Brazil in the South American Under-17 Football Championships earlier this year, he helped his side to claim their 12th title.

“Vinícius has everything to become a top-quality player, to move up to the senior Brazil squad and play for the biggest clubs around the world,” Brazil Under-17s coach Carlos Amadeu told Brasil Global Tour.

“If he remains focused on his goals, he has all the tools. He has a lot of technical qualities and is showing a cool head in amongst all the glamor that is currently surrounding him. He has remained balanced, and if he stays like that he can reach the top.”

Neymar, who he is compared to, is said be annoyed with Barca for failing to seal the deal. He is the brightest star in Brazilian youth football – bringing in a fee £10m more than Manchester City paid for Gabriel Jesus in January. Real Madrid will hope they can turn him into their next superstar.


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