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22-year-old Real Madrid sensation sets 30-goal target for himself this season



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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.

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Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”



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Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.

Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.

Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing

Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.

“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.

However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.

“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.

Bellingham fit and ready to go

Fit and available for derby. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.

So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.

But, the 20-year-old returned to training today and Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he will play against Atleti tomorrow, with the Englishman named in the squad list as well.

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