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Brazilian wonderkid claims he ‘prefers’ Vinicius Jr over Neymar amidst Real Madrid links

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Photo courtesy: Palmeiras official website

Endrick has made all sorts of headlines in Brazil this week after becoming the youngest player to represent Palmeiras in professional football when he made his debut against Coritiba.

Real Madrid scouts were among the ones in attendance, monitoring the youngster’s performance closely as Palmeiras secured a comfortable 4-0 victory. Reports even suggest Los Blancos have started their push to sign the whizkid, who is regarded as the hottest prospect in South American football.

Endrick himself seems keen on the idea of joining Real Madrid, despite being courted by other clubs including FC Barcelona.

The attacker may have now hinted at his desire to join the European champions by recently praising Vinicius Junior. He called the Real Madrid frontman his favourite player in the world, choosing him ahead of Brazil’s footballing icon Neymar.

“My favourite player in the world is Vinicius Jr. Obviously Neymar is amazing as well, but I prefer Vinicius,” he told Canal+ (h/t Madrid Zone).

Endrick is not the only player to laud Vinicius this season, as the Brazilian has been welcomed with widespread praise owing to his excellent start to the campaign. With seven goals and four assists, he is even one of Europe’s top performers this season.

Endrick’s comments, though, are certainly significant as they could serve as an indicator of his desire to join Real Madrid, thereby partnering up with Vinicius.

Los Blancos, however, have yet to make any conclusive inroads in their pursuit of signing the young attacker. The player will be ineligible to move to Spain until he is 18, but talks with Palmeiras are believed to be underway.

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

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Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images

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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