Vinicius Junior enjoyed a dream campaign in 2021/22 as he, along with Karim Benzema, played a huge role in Real Madrid’s La Liga and UEFA Champions League triumph.
The 22-year-old Brazilian sensation plundered 22 goals in 52 matches across all competitions while also registering 20 assists. He also scored the only goal of the game in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
In the process, he finished as Los Blancos’ second-highest goalscorer in the season, with only Karim Benzema managing a better tally than the twinkle-toed Brazilian.
After a slow start to life in Madrid, Vinicius has soared high and is living up to the billing of the next big thing in football. With the rising stature, the 22-year-old is now showing a rise in ambition to go with it.
Indeed, as reported by MARCA, after enjoying the most prolific season of his career to date in 2021/22, Vinicius Junior now wants to breach the 30-goal mark in the ongoing campaign.
He has already made a bright start to the 2022/23 term, having netted two goals and set up two more from four matches across all competitions.
The Brazilian speedster’s confidence is soaring high at the moment and with the way he has started the campaign, one would not put it past him to achieve his ambitions and reach his targets.
Vinicius was awarded the Best Young Player of the Year by UEFA and if he continues to perform this way, more accolades will follow him in the coming years.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.