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Key Real Madrid forward played the Champions League final through illness

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Sources close to Vinicius Jr’s representatives have revealed that the Real Madrid forward had been battling illness just two days before the crucial match. 

Despite his condition, though, the Brazil international was determined to play and give his best for his team.

In the days leading up to the final, Vinicius was not feeling well. He was sick on both Thursday and Friday, which worried those around him. 

They were unsure if he would be able to play at his full potential. Interestingly, he took medication during these days, hoping to recover in time for the match. 

His condition improved slightly by the morning of the final, giving him the strength to take on the German team.

Real Madrid risked through Vinicius’ health

When Real Madrid’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, announced the squad travelling to Wembley, it was clear that Vinicius was still not fully recovered. 

Yet, his determination was unwavering. He knew how important this match was, not only for the team but also for his career. 

Vinicius Jr was sick two days before the final. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

He knew winning a second UEFA Champions League title at just 23 years old would be a significant achievement. Furthermore, a standout performance in such a high-stakes game would also boost his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.

Despite his recent illness, Vinicius was included in the starting lineup. He stepped onto the pitch with a clear goal in mind: to help his team secure victory. 

The pressure was immense, but he rose to the occasion, with his efforts culminating in a brilliant performance. He scored Real Madrid’s second goal, securing a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. 

His performance not only contributed significantly to the team’s win but also strengthened his candidacy for the Ballon d’Or.

The journey to this victory was not easy for the player. Battling illness while preparing for one of the most important matches of his career required immense courage and dedication; something that the forward clearly excels at.

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  1. Nick

    June 5, 2024 at 4:44 am

    Congratulations to the team. All hail Vini Jnr 4 Ballon d’Or.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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