Real Madrid stunned the world when they parted with a monumental transfer fee to secure the signature of the unproven Vinicius Junior, however, as the Brazilian has begun to shine this season, those in Madrid have become even further infatuated with him.
Zinedine Zidane and Co. are already assessing the market ahead of the summer, although in Vinicius, they have a player who is developing at an astounding rate.
He’s begun to emerge as a true star with Flamengo, contributing from the bench and even scoring his first Copa Libertadores goal.
His two goals in the Libertadores
Without getting overconfident, Los Blancos feel as though they’ve hit the jackpot with the Brazilian teenager, as there is a sense that at this rate he will be Neymar’s successor and they’ve secured his signature early on.
Not since Ronaldo Nazario has the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu had a player of Vinicius’ style.
He’s a wonderful dribbler and he can makes goals out of nothing, not just a typical finisher that Cristiano Ronaldo is at this point.
Players like Vinicius excite fans and get them out of their seats.
Ronaldinho and Neymar have both performed in such a manner at the Camp Nou, and it’s irritated those in power at Valdebebas.
Robinho was one such player they did sign, although it didn’t work out as planned with the forward leaving for Manchester City and never reaching his full potential.
Those who watch the 17-year-old closely suggest that this is something more than just a promising talent breaking through into the first team, and they believe he has everything to go right to the very top.
Since the deal with Los Blancos was announced, the Brazilian has bulked up significantly and put on five kilograms of muscle mass without losing any of his speed, something which according to a Flamengo coach has made him more explosive.
World Soccer Magazine has joined in on the hype and have included the teenage star in their list of the 500 best football players in the world.
He’s stands alone as Brazil’s brightest talent for the future, and is learning to live with scrutiny, something that was inevitable since Los Blancos made their move.
Furthermore, he is feeling such attention on the pitch with defenders seeing him as a target, rather like how Neymar was treated during his time with Santos.
The way he deals this pressure will be closely monitored by Real Madrid, and at this point he is schedule to join up with the Spanish giants in 2019, however, if he continues to mature so quickly, Los Blancos could bring that forward.
Neymar has been advising the teenager, whilst Marcelo is another influence, both providing him with a good grounding given their respective experiences at the top level.
At this point there are fewer and fewer doubts over his talent, with it now merely a question of when he will explode onto the scene at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and not if.