By Jorge C. Picon – Real Madrid has known how to polish one of the most important stars in world football in the next decade. This is Vinicius Junior who, if he had not yet consecrated himself, did so yesterday with his first hat-trick in white. It was against a Bernabéu surrendered to the Brazilian, who has become an idol of the fans who whistled so much during his first months. The player-stand union is complete, as was demonstrated in his last Cristiano Ronaldo-style celebration. The “SIUUUU” in chorus with the fans resounded in the streets surrounding the stadium as when it was the Portuguese who scored.
The figures do not lie: Vini is already among the best. With his three goals and his assist against Levante, he has participated in 41 goals this season, that is, he has been present in 51.8% of the white goals (79). He has scored 21 and assisted 20, the 21-year-old taking on much of the team’s offensive responsibility this season. Only Karim (59) has been more influential in the attack, although in goal passes nobody ‘coughs’ the Brazilian.
His level is comparable to that of other great world football stars. Vinicius has participated in more goals than Haaland (36), Kane (34), Vlahovic (34), Sané (29), Mané (27) or Sterling (25). Only some beasts like Benzema himself, Mbappé (59), Lewandowski (56) or Salah (46) surpass him and only a young man his age, Darwin Núñez, comes close (38). Numbers that seemed unthinkable at the beginning of the course but that greatly improve his performance from last year, in which he barely scored six goals and gave seven assists. His confirmation as one of the cracks today.
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Renovation on the rise
Vinicius’ good performance couldn’t have come at a better time. The Brazilian is in a year of renewal since, despite the fact that his contract ends in 2024, he is at the bottom of the salary scale of the squad with a salary of around three million euros per season. The board knew from the first months of the course that they could not risk losing him and called their agents to a meeting in the summer to negotiate a new contract. The idea is to extend three or four more years and significantly raise their salary.
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There should be no problem reaching an agreement because the relationship between the player and the club is one of total love. Madrid wants him to continue and be one of its ‘franchise players’. The board, starting with Florentino Pérez, are delighted with the progression, professionalism and attitude of the footballer. For his part, the former Flamengo only thinks about continuing to grow and winning titles at the Bernabéu. As if that were not enough, his communion with the stands is already total. Everything is prepared for him to receive the star treatment that he has earned on the pitch.