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Barcelona fans chant insults against Real Madrid superstar before Napoli clash

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Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr. was targeted by a small group of Barcelona fans ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg match against Napoli at Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium in Montjuic.

Ahead of the match, those fans wished death upon the Real Madrid star by chanting “Vinicius, d*e!” on the outskirts of Montjuic, reports Carrusel Deportivo.

On a big night for Barcelona, fans listened to their coach Xavi and made lots of noise at Montjuic. But before the game started, some fans went too far and targeted Vinicius Jr.

They shouted bad things at him, which was certainly not what Xavi meant. This made the atmosphere tense, like a pressure cooker, and it wasn’t a good show of sportsmanship.

It has happened before

In May last year when Barcelona clinched the La Liga title from Real Madrid, celebrations broke out on the streets of Catalonia.

However, the happy atmosphere near Camp Nou stadium was spoiled by some mean people. During the celebrations, some Barcelona fans were heard chanting unpleasant things about Real Madrid star. Once again, chants of “d*e Vinicius” were heard from the streets.

Last season, La Liga received eight complaints about racist comments aimed at Vinicius, including some from Barcelona fans during a match at Camp Nou on March 19. 

The Brazilian has been at the receiving end of racist abuse and hate from opponent fans in the ongoing season as well.

It is not fair or nice to say hurtful things about players from other teams, no matter the gravity of support. Everyone should remember to be respectful and kind, both on and off the field. 

The fans’ passion is important, but it’s also important to show respect to the other team. Everyone should enjoy the game without crossing the line.

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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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