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‘I have no doubt’ – Real Madrid superstar backed to win the Ballon d’Or by former star

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with MARCA, former Real Madrid and Brazil footballer Julio Baptista has tipped Vinicius Jr. to win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Vinicius has emerged as one of the leading contenders to win the Golden Orb, having enjoyed a spectacular campaign with Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old has racked up 23 goals and 11 assists in 37 matches across all competitions, helping the team win the La Liga and Spanish Super Cup trophies while the UEFA Champions League is also well within reach.

Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Jude Bellingham, is also in the running but Baptista has tipped his compatriot to bag the Ballon d’Or, saying:

“He has achieved tremendous consistency in important games, and only the best do that. Ballon d’Or’? This year I have no doubt that I would give it to him.

“Between him and Bellingham, I think I would give it to Vini for being more of a difference-maker in the big games.”

Ballon d’Or contenders. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

On whether Real Madrid are the favourites against Borussia Dortmund in next month’s UCL final, Baptista remarked:

“Yes, but being professionals, we know it’s difficult anyway. For the people, yes, Real Madrid are very big favourites.

“But Dortmund are a good team, and they’re going to let Madrid have the upper hand, and that makes them dangerous. Madrid, physically, are fast and strong. It will be a nice game.”

Real Madrid boast of top Brazilian players like Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Eder Militao in the squad, who will be joined by Endrick in the summer.

On whether he had any advice for the 17-year-old wonderkid, Baptista replied: “Real Madrid know how to handle him very well.

“They have had greats like Vini and Rodry, and Endrick will have their support to show him the way. We must be patient with him, because the pressure will be great. He has talent… and a lot of it.”

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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