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Manchester United defender sends message of support to Vinicius – ‘You are powerful’

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It is disturbing to note that racism still has a place in today’s world, more so in the world of sport where it often overshadows visible talent on the field.

Incidents like that of earlier today only bring to light the hardships faced by players judged based on the colour of their skin.

The incident in question is Vinicius Jr’s recent press conference where the Brazilian broke down in tears speaking about the delicate topic.

Repeatedly bombarded with questions on the retrogressive practice, Vini’s ever-so-hard shell cracked open.

“Verbal racism happens not only in Spain but also throughout the world. Every day I go home I get sadder. Nobody is supporting me,” he said during the same press conference.

Support pouring in

Vinicius’ emotional breakdown at the recent interaction has touched hearts across the globe and has reignited the topic of fighting racism.

While several pundits and fans have come out in support of the Brazilian superstar, his former teammate and current Manchester United star Raphael Varane has posted a message of support on his official X handle.

“You are powerful. You are special Vini. Your dreams and inspiration are stronger than any words that can ever be used against you,” he posted.

The Frenchman’s message comes as a much-needed boost for the Real Madrid phenomenon who has indeed been fighting a lone battle against racism. His public response will go a long way in attracting more vocal support for Vinicius as well.

A big game

Having beaten England in their first international friendly of the current hiatus, Brazil will take on Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu this week in their second and final game of the break.

“I’m sure Spain is not a racist country, but there are many racists and many of them are in the stadiums. We have to change because many of them don’t know what racism is,” Vinicius said ahead of what is a special game for him.

The player shares a bittersweet relationship with Spain, for the repeated episodes of racism have marred his successful stint at the country’s largest club.

A statement performance will go a long way in imposing his presence on the field and silencing his haters. Doing so at home will only make it more special.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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