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‘Our Ronaldo and Ronaldinho’ – Brazil midfielder lavishes praise on Real Madrid duo

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Ahead of Brazil’s crucial Copa America 2024 encounter against Colombia, midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has come out and praised the Real Madrid duo of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes.

The two Real Madrid forwards came under some criticism after Brazil’s slow start to the competition as they were held to a goalless draw by Costa Rica in their Copa America opener.

But, the Selecao bounced back in style beating Paraguay 4-1 in their next game, with Vinicius scoring a brace.

Vini, Rodrygo are our Ronaldo and Ronaldinho

Now, speaking to the media ahead of the Colombia clash, Bruno Guimaraes has come out in praise of the Real Madrid pair, claiming that Vinicius and Rodrygo are like the current Brazil team’s versions of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

“Vini and Rodrygo are our Ronaldo and Ronaldinho,” he said, as quoted by AS.

“When I was a kid I was in love with Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka. We want to bring that back with Vini, Rodrygo, etc,” he added.

Brazil’s hopes at the Copa America lie on Vini and Rodrygo. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

While the comparisons are very lofty, it must be noted that Vinicius and Rodrygo are two of the biggest names in the current Brazil setup and have a lot riding on them in this Copa America.

With no Neymar, Vinicius has emerged as the face of this Brazil setup and the responsibility of leading the line as the centre-forward has fallen on Rodrygo’s shoulders, who has been handed the No. 10 shirt at the competition.

As they come up against Colombia in their next game, Dorival Junior’s side will look up to the Real Madrid attacking duo to deliver the goods and help them go further in the competition in the USA.

A strong run at the Copa America would also enhance Vinicius’ chances of winning the Ballon d’Or, where he is battling Real Madrid teammates Jude Bellingham and Kylian Mbappe.

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Manchester City superstar addresses future after Carvajal’s invitation to join Real Madrid

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Dani Carvajal’s detailed interview earlier this week has taken the Spanish media by storm, especially considering the lavish praise he heaped on Spain’s latest hero Lamine Yamal.

Another big takeaway from the interaction, however, was the defender’s open invitation to Rodri to join him at Real Madrid. Carvajal called the midfielder a ‘perfect fit’ in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and admitted that he persuaded Rodri daily over the same.

“I tell Rodri every day to sign for Real Madrid.”

Rodri’s response

Speaking to the media earlier today, the Manchester City star gave his two cents on his club’s future and a possible return to Spain in the coming years.

“I try to analyse all the decisions I make, to have a criterion. And, above all, to go through the processes. I am very, very happy in England,” he began, professing his commitment to Pep Guardiola’s side.

“I think I am in one of the best clubs in the world, that is obvious, and I am happy. I have a three-year contract and, when the time comes, I will see,” he added.

Rodri is happy at Manchester City. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Rodri’s next comment, however, raised several eyebrows as he explicitly said that his statement was only with respect to the near future.

“But I have said it before with regard to the short term. I do not like or it does not make much sense to look at the long term. Spain is my country, Madrid is my city, my home.”

Finally, the midfield star confessed that he knew he had taken a massive risk, especially from a cultural standpoint when he moved to England. 

“And well, when I went to Manchester, I remember a conversation I had with my parents in which they asked me if I was sure because I was going to another country, another culture.”

“And, in the end, one is happy when one is sure of things. If I return, it would be with conviction,” he added, hinting that the pieces would fall in line if he felt it necessary.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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