Vinicius was the butt of jokes 2020/2021 season, a classic meme. We all felt (this writer included) that if Vini was the man to fill up the void Cristiano left, then we were in trouble.
He was talented yes, the potential was there, but at that point it just felt like he was not good enough for Real Madrid, he would create magic outside the box, but when he got in the box, the end result was poor, his open goal miss against Sevilla in the closing stages of La Liga possibly cost of the trophy that season, Vinicius’s poor output was probably the biggest emphasis on why we desperately needed Kylian.
Mbappe and a benzema in his prime would be a scary frontline for any defense to handle. 23 goals and 20 assists later, including a champions League final winning goal, Vinicius is one of madridstas dearly beloved.
Vinicius has turned into a lethal weapon capable of destroying any defense in the world, he tormented Oscar mingueza in the classico and left him for dead, his incredible strike against Sevilla is one of the highlights of the season, he brilliantly got away from fernandinho and maintained his composure to score what would be a vital goal in Real Madrid charge to the champions League title, slipped off Trent Alexander Arnold’s radar to score the winning goal in the Champions league final.
Vinicius went from being a joke to being regarded as a potential Ballon D’or winner. His partnership with Benzema is one for an entirely different article.
Vinicius has the potential, he has the talent, he can become better. He has extended his contract with Real until 2027 is highly rated by Florentino Perez, who consider vini as untouchable.
In the interview with El Chiringuito, Florentino Perez said “Rodrygo will surprise us”, this is not a statement too hard to believe, Rodrygo has shown flashes of brilliance and greatness, I’m of the opinion that Rodrygo took real to the final, he began the comeback against Chelsea and even more incredibly against Manchester city, Rodrygo has it in him, he’s there will be that open goal he missed in the super copa against Barcelona, and he may prefer playing on the left wing rather than the right wing he is normally used, he can become a super star, he has what it takes.
If Rodrygo and Vinicius continue to develop as they should, then we have in our hands two very dangerous wingers.