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Premier League midfielder explains the difference between Vinicius and Rodrygo, praises Endrick

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In Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid have two attacking superstars who are bound to lead the team to great heights for years to come.

The Brazilian duo have become integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans over the past few years and have played key roles in the success that the Merengues have achieved of late.

And, as we enter the final phase of the season, both Rodrygo and Vinicius will be crucial for Real Madrid to win silverware.

What’s the difference between Rodrygo and Vinicius?

Rodrygo and Vinicius will be playing in England tonight as Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Ahead of the contest, Fulham midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has seen both Rodrygo and Vinicius from close quarters with the Brazil national team, has shed light on how both players are different from each other but equally impactful.

Speaking on the FIVE Podcast, Pereira stated that Rodrygo was more versatile and smooth whereas Vinicius was more of an explosive player.

“I would say Rodrygo can play as a No. 10, right wing, left wing, false nine. He’s just so smooth… you cannot put pressure on him, he turns right, he turns left,” Pereira said.

“I think Vini is so explosive, he can score a goal in 1 second. He can lose a ball & look tired… then boom, it’s a goal. He’s more explosive, fast. So the combination they both have together is just… to play with them, it’s easy you know (laughs).”

The present and future of Real Madrid. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

On being asked if Arsenal star Bukayo Saka was better than Rodrygo, Pereira laughed off that suggestion and said:

“Saka better than Rodrygo? Rodrygo? From Real Madrid? (laughs). Nah, your opinion is different. I like Saka, I think he’s amazing, but Rodrygo can play in all positions, plays for Real Madrid.”

Pereira praises Endrick

Pereira also had some words of praise for soon-to-be Real Madrid player Endrick. The Brazilian whizkid signed for the Merengues in December 2022 itself and will be arriving this summer once he turns 18.

There are a lot of expectations on the 17-year-old and Pereira has now added to the hype surrounding him, saying:

“Endrick? I don’t know the English word, but in Brazil we have a word: ‘O iluminado’. You know when a lot of people are about to be born and God says ‘this is the one’, he’s like that. He’s a monster.”

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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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