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Premier League legend stunned by Vinicius Jr not winning MOTM award: “Don’t know who voted”

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Last season’s clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City was a high-scoring encounter, with seven goals being netted in the first leg alone. This year, however, the first leg saw both sides play far more conservatively.

Only two goals were scored at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night in the game that ended in a draw. Vinicius Jr was the only goalscorer for Real Madrid while for Pep Guardiola’s side, it was Kevin de Bruyne.

Both players were unsurprisingly the top contenders to win the man-of-the-match award. The accolade went to the Man City midfielder in the end, but many pundits across the globe felt the Brazilian was a more deserving candidate.

Premier League legend Thierry Henry was left stunned after being told that Vinicius was not named the best player of the night (h/t The Madrid Zone).

“I would give MOTM to Vinícius. De Bruyne got MOTM? Well obviously this is the difference between ex-players and I don’t know who voted. You’re telling me it’s not Vinícius that won that? Come on.”

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star then went on to name his top two candidates for the man-of-the-match award and why the Brazilian deserved the award more than anyone else.

“Vinícius played in his position, we know what he can do and he did it. But Camavinga never played left-back in his life. But I think Vinícius played better, so I would give him MOTM, but Camavinga was outstanding.”

In his 90-minute spell at Santiago Bernabeu last night, Vini Jr was Real Madrid’s most effective player in the final third. He completed five of his eleven attempted dribbles, made one key pass, and won a whopping nine duels in addition to his jaw-dropping strike to give Los Blancos the lead.

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Real Madrid president dreaming of trident attack featuring €180 million-rated French starlet

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Real Madrid have drawn a comprehensive roadmap for the upcoming summer transfer window and the club’s squad planning ahead of the new season, but as far as the club’s ambition is concerned, the objective is to sign Kylian Mbappe in 2024.

Real Madrid are expected to revolve everything around the idea of signing the PSG superstar next year, reports Alfredo Matilla and Sergio Santos.

As per the two Spanish journalists, Florentino Perez is envisioning a Real Madrid strikeforce comprising Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, and Mbappe.

The report points out that Real Madrid view the Frenchman as a realistic target as they expect him not to accept the option of extending his contract at PSG until 2025 next year. His fallout with the PSG has been already well-documented this year.

With Les Parisien seemingly failing to live up to Mbappe’s ambition, it could only be a matter of time before he opts to leave the club. To that end, Real Madrid will be prepared, especially at the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are starting to lose hope of signing Erling Haaland, because of the striker’s excellent relationship with Pep Guardiola which could keep him at Man City beyond 2024. Mbappe, therefore, has emerged as the top target for Los Blancos.

The potential strikeforce comprising Vinicius, Rodrygo and Mbappe could see Real Madrid operating in a 4-3-3 formation, with Mbappe playing at the centre. It must be noted that the club are also involved in the pursuit of Kai Havertz.

The German could be an intriguing addition to this strikeforce – potentially making Real Madrid one of the most feared attacking sides in Europe. However, it remains to be seen whether or not Los Blancos can actually manage to pull the signing of Mbappe or Havertz in the near future.

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