Real Madrid have invariably prided itself as one of the great melting pots of Europe, proving to be a hub of talents where generational superstars arrive to coexist.
Having owned an array of talents, the club proceeds to pay emphasis on establishing a clear succession plan for these players.
After one legend concludes their reign of dominance, preparations to develop the next big thing in line begin.
Vinicius Jr is one of the bright young prospects who has elevated into an indispensable figure for the club.
Despite arriving as a young boy from Brazil, he has taken the mantle of Madrid’s most influential forward.
Speaking in a recent interview, he shed light on his symbolic status with the Merengues.
After witnessing the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo torment opposition for the Royal Whites, his iconic number 7 jersey now remains in Vincius’ care.
“I’m very happy and proud to be chosen to wear the number 7, the number of Cristiano, Juanito. I am very happy,” said the Brazilian.
Aiming to emulate the iconic moments that are now etched into the memories of every football fan, Vinicius carries significant weight on his shoulders.
But, if his past is anything to go by, he will fight relentlessly to repay the favor to Real Madrid.
Cristiano’s era at Real Madrid is still reminisced fondly to this day. Sharing words of appreciation for the man that popularized the jersey that Vinicius now dons, he spoke of his love for the Portuguese icon.
Vincicius expressed, “I am inspired by Cristiano because I have seen him from his first game to his last and he has marked an era in this club.”
Both players share a great deal of similarities in their role, but having seen the sheer dominance Cristiano once displayed at Madrid, Vinicius knows he has a long road ahead of him before he can truly mirror Ronaldo’s supremacy with the seven.
Source of quotes: Real Madrid TV
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.