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Pele sends a message to Vinicius Jr after racist remark by agent: “We will continue to fight”

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In the past few days, Vinicius Jr’s habit of dancing during his celebrations after putting the ball in the back of the net has stirred controversy.

So much so that the President of the Association of Spanish Agents, Pedro Bravo, criticised the in-form winger by making a comment with racist connotations.

In reaction to the horrific remark, several members of the Brazilian national team have come out in support of the 21-year-old, such as the likes of Neymar, Raphinha, Thiago Silva and Lucas Paqueta to name a few.

However, perhaps the country’s greatest ever footballing icon, Pele has now spoken out on the issue, rightfully being on the Real Madrid superstar’s side via an Instagram post.

“Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s more than that. It’s a party. Although unfortunately, racism still exists, we won’t let that stop us from smiling. And we will continue to fight racism every day in this way: fighting for our right to be happy.”

Ultimately, there could not a bigger and better supporter of the Champions League winner than the veteran, who is the face of Brazilian football worldwide.

Being an expressive character, both on and off the pitch, Vinicius Jr has the right to celebrate in any manner he wishes to, without having to face disgraceful racist abuse.

As the youngster prepares himself to face Atletico Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano, fans across the world will tune in to see if he dances after celebrating, in case he gets on the scoresheet.

The hope remains that the prolific forward does do so if he manages to score, to showcase how such crass comments do not faze him in the slightest, as the footballing fraternity collectively stands on his side.

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  1. femy

    September 17, 2022 at 1:29 am

    how can dancing after scoring a goal be disrespectful? Koke’s comment was very inciteful and annoying. His comments set the stage for the racist abuse that was directed towards Vinicius. everyone has the right to be happy when they score. i want to see dance joy smile and happiness when people play football without prejudice’

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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