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'Why I Chose Real Over Barca'

'Why I Chose Real Madrid Over FC Barcelona'

By David Kappel - Jun 20, 2018 09:15 PM @kappilinho

A Brazil wonderkid who has been dubbed "the next Neymar" has revealed his reasoning for choosing Real Madrid over their bitter rivals FC Barcelona.

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Vinicius Junior's €45 million (R720 million) move from Flamengo to Los Blancos was announced in 2017, but he will only join the Spanish giants after turning 18 on 12 July.

The Brazilian youngster, who is expected to be part of Real's pre-season preparations ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, has now explained why he joined the Santiago Bernabeu-based club.

"Neymar always called me, but I was thinking about what would be best for me and for my career. I had to go to the club where I could evolve more and improve technically," he told Marca.

"Marcelo and Casemiro helped me a lot in the decision. My family too. They visited all the clubs and ended up opting for Real Madrid.

"I had to think very fast and I think I made the right choice. At Madrid, there are Brazilians who will be able to help me on and off the pitch.

"Also, playing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos... I have no words to explain what that means to me. Being next to the best is something that I always dreamed of, that's why I chose Real Madrid."

Read: Real's New Brazilian Starlet Is Breaking Neymar Records

Vinicius scored 10 goals in 48 appearances for Flamengo, and caught the headlines when he won the Golden Boot at the 2017 South American Under-17 Football Championship, netting seven times on Brazil's way to the title.

Do you think Vinicius could become as good as Neymar? Have your say in the comments section below.


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indidane Joined: 12 Jan 2011
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indidane Jun 22, 2018 07:13 PM
Neymar is 0verrated... C0utinh0 is the Best player in Brazilian squad.
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Sabata-E Jun 22, 2018 08:28 AM
@nazzi the second you can't compare these players. Bale is by far more productive than forever diving Neymar Jr. Whereas Suarez is no match for Benzima
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Sabata-E Jun 22, 2018 08:25 AM
Drunk editor please don't feed us lies. Vinicius will turn 18 in next month but will remain with Flamengo for 2018/19 season and only join Real Madrid in July 2019
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THE NK Jun 22, 2018 08:09 AM
Come to Madrid boy.
nazzi the second Joined: 23 Oct 2017
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nazzi the second Jun 21, 2018 09:01 AM
@Soni_JX your love for ronaldo makes you seem dumb, messi has provided more assists for his teamates than ronaldo, barca doesnt target where messi is like how madrid plays, neymar and suarez flourished playing next to messi, you cant say the same for benzema, bale, rodriguez, you need new eyes wena
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KhothaKhosi Jun 21, 2018 08:41 AM
Young players from Brazil are benefiting from the success of their national team and stars who played before them. If this kid was South African, he would go to small clubs in Belgium. Look at it now, he is going to the best club in the world, the biggest by far. Good luck to him, he still needs to develop more. It does not matter how he chose his move, he had good options.
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Ntsunda112 Jun 21, 2018 08:19 AM
@Soni_JX don't forget to mention Neymar jr
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CFC.KC.RM Jun 21, 2018 07:43 AM
@Pasodoble you are the one who is stupid. The boy was signed two years ago. There was no coutinho nor Paulinho back then that's why the boy mentioned neymar who happens not to be at barca
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Pasodoble Jun 21, 2018 07:28 AM
This is a stupid resoning given by this boy, There Coutinho and Paulinho in Barca, two Brazilians. also in Barca there is Messi a player known for assists and for being annoyingly selfless, whereas CR7, as great as he is, the boy will have to play for him. Choosing between Ramos and Pique was a toss they are both aging defenders with good reputations but with checkered on-field behaviours.
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Well done & Well come to the Bernabeu
Soni_JX Joined: 19 Apr 2017
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Soni_JX Jun 21, 2018 06:33 AM
Yes there's a hige difference between playing alongside the 2. With play with him and sometimes you have to compete with him (to prove your best). With Messi you strictly play for him.....if you think of anything, you are out. Ask Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pedro, Sanches, Rakitic.
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MSANDROTIC Jun 20, 2018 10:25 PM
All the best boi
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Jun 20, 2018 09:41 PM
Yes it's every young best player's dream to play alongside CR7...

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