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Former Real Madrid defender talks Militao, Rodrygo, Endrick, Vinicius Jr: “He is a source of pride for Brazil”

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Former Real Madrid defender Julio Cesar has said that star forward Vinicius Jr. is a source of pride for Brazil, adding that he is quite impressed with his compatriot’s fight against racism.

Vinicius has been the epicentre of football’s fight against racism and the Brazil international has always called for harsher punishment for the offence. The 23-year-old recently took centre stage after AC Milan’s Mike Maignan was subjected to racial abuse in Italian Serie A.

Over the years, the Real Madrid forward has led the fight with pride and his club has always supported him in that regard. Speaking about the Brazilian, Cesar was quoted by MARCA as saying,

“Vini is a source of pride for Brazil. We are amazed at how, with the globality that there are, episodes pass like those he suffers. He has taken up the flag of the fight against racism.”

Julio Cesar on Militao, Rodrygo and Endrick

It is to be noted that Real Madrid announced the contract renewal of Eder Militao in the midst of his injury and Cesar acknowledges that with pride.

Cesar played as a centre-back for Real Madrid in the early 2000s, having joined the team in 1999 after a successful tenure with Real Valladolid. During his first season under Vicente Del Bosque, Real Madrid won the eighth European Cup. 

Eder MIlitao is recovering from an ACL tear. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Unfortunately, later on, he faced challenges, including tearing his cruciate ligament, a situation similar to Militao, whom he admires and praises.

“I am very happy for Militao and his renewal. At a time when you have been seriously injured, it means tremendous confidence. 

“For me, he is one of the best centre-backs in the world and I am sure that he will come back stronger. I also broke my cruciate and then I felt that he came back stronger.”

Cesar also explained how difficult it is to represent Real Madrid, saying, “It is very complicated because you often defend alone. His performance in the team has a lot of merit.”

Meanwhile, Cesar also had words reserved for the likes of Rordygo and Endrick, adding that he is excited to see how the latter performs for Real Madrid.

“He [Rodrygo] is a player that I love. I am sure that he is going to be one of the best players in the world because he has a great future ahead of him. He is lucky for Real Madrid to have him and Vinicius.”

“He [Endrick] is a very good player. I look forward to seeing how he performs at Real Madrid.”

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final

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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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