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Barcelona defender heaps praise on Real Madrid forward: “Best 1v1 player in the world”

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Speaking in an interview with Futbol UY, Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has heaped praises on Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr, hailing him as the best player in the world when it comes to 1v1 situations.

Vinicius and Araujo have been locked in some feisty duels in El Clasico encounters in recent seasons. Whenever Barça come up against Real Madrid, Xavi opts to start Araujo at right-back to tackle the threat of Vinicius.

And the battle makes for an enticing watch for fans, with both players having had their share of success. There is a great sense of mutual respect between the pair and Araujo has previously spoken highly of the Real Madrid winger.

Now once again, the Barcelona mainstay has lavished praise on Vinicius, saying: “For me, he is the best 1v1 player in the world. He generates those duels that help and are important for his team.”

Talking about the challenges that the Brazilian speedster poses on the pitch, Araujo added: “When I play against Vinicius I have to be focused the whole game because he is a very dynamic player and he makes a lot of runs and keeps changing his rhythm at all times.”

“Vinicius has that physical ability to go from 0 to 100 very quickly and you have to be very focused when you play against him.”

The Real Madrid winger has also been effusive in his praise for the Barcelona defender in the past, having said: “The best defender I have ever faced is Araujo. He’s very strong and very good. That’s why he plays for Barça.”

Araujo and Vinicius could next come face to face in the summer as Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to play a Clasico on their pre-season tour of the US.

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  1. Kay De

    May 19, 2023 at 7:50 am

    Mutual respect. Both are very good.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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