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Arsenal forward backs Real Madrid talisman for Ballon d’Or – ‘He deserves to win’

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Following an exceptional season with Real Madrid, during which he won La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League titles, Vinicius Jr. has now emerged as one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.

The 23-year-old Brazilian superstar has been phenomenal for Los Blancos, coming up clutch during crucial moments throughout the campaign.

As such, Vinicius has been receiving strong endorsement for the Ballon d’Or from his teammates at Real Madrid and Brazil as well as former stars and legends.

Now, another of his teammates from the Brazi squad, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, has come out and praised Vinicius, backing him to bag the Golden Orb.

“It’s a source of great pride to be playing with him, experiencing his day-to-day life, seeing what a special and deserving boy he is,” said Martinelli, as quoted by ESPN.

“We’re very happy to see a Brazilian shining. In my opinion, he deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. It’s a pleasure to be sharing the pitch with him,” he concluded.

Vinicius finished the season with 24 goals and 11 assists from 39 appearances across all competitions, even scoring vital goals in the Champions League semi-finals and finals.

Vinicius is currently with the Brazil national team for the Copa America 2024 which is set to begin in the days to come.

Having tasted plenty of success with Real Madrid, the 23-year-old is targeting glory with the Selecao. A great run in the competition would further elevate his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or later this year.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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