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Arsenal star hails Real Madrid forward as the second-best player in the world behind Mbappe

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With Kylian Mbappe widely expected to join Real Madrid in the coming summer, there is much excitement in the Spanish capital.

Many want to see Mbappe in action alongside Vinicius Jr., who is also considered one of the best attackers on the planet right now.

The potential attacking trifecta of Rodrygo, Mbappe and Vinicius could indeed make Real Madrid a force to be reckoned with next season.

Gabriel hails Mbappe and Vinicius

Such was highlighted by Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes when he was asked to name the best players in the world right now.

The Brazilian defender did not even hesitate in naming Mbappe and Vinicius as the two best players in the world.

Arsenal hails Mbappe & Vinicius as two of world’s best (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“Best player in the world right now? Kylian Mbappe is number one, Vini Jr. is number two,” said the Arsenal defender (h/t Madrid Zone), whose team may face Real Madrid in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League this season.

That is, of course, provided Arsenal put an end to their curse against Bayern Munich while Real Madrid must also beat defending champions Manchester City.

Nevertheless, Gabriel’s perception of Vinicius and Mbappe as two of the best players in the world does underscore the potential strength of the Real Madrid team next season.

As a matter of fact, many fans may even like to add Jude Bellingham as the third player on the list, following a blistering start to his life in Spain.

For now, though, Real Madrid players will focus on the final phase of the campaign, with Los Blancos notably locking horns with Manchester City on April 9.

Real Madrid do appear to be the favourite to lift the league title, although a resurgent Barcelona are breathing down their necks.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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