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Official: Vinicius Jr. signs new contract with Real Madrid until 2027

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In what was one of the worst kept secrets, Vinicius Jr. has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, extending his stay at the Spanish capital club until the summer of 2027.

The Merengues confirmed the 23-year-old’s contract renewal via an official statement which read:

“Real Madrid C. F. and Vini Jr. have agreed a contract extension for the player, who remains tied to the club until 30 June 2027.”

Vinicius Jr.’s previous contract stood to expire in 2024, but a new deal had been agreed upon a while ago.

An announcement was expected earlier this month but was postponed due to internal reasons.

However, it has now been made official, with Vinicius putting pen on paper over a new long-term deal until the summer of 2027.

Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has provided some details about Vinicius’ new contract with Real Madrid.

As per the update, Real Madrid proposed a renewal until 2028 for the Brazilian, but he preferred to extend only until 2026 or 2027, and the latter was agreed upon in the end.

Furthermore, Vinicius’ release clause has skyrocketed from €350 million to €1 billion as part of the new contract, while his salary has risen from €3.2 million to €10 million plus bonuses.

Vinicius’ contract extension comes just a day after he won the Socrates Award at the Ballon d’Or Gala for his contributions in the fight against racism and helping education in his homeland.

One of the best forwards in the world, the 23-year-old is seen as the face of this Real Madrid team and was even handed the iconic No. 7 kit this season.

A new contract with an enormous release clause is very much well-deserved for the former Flamengo wonderkid.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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