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Real Madrid ace on Vinicius Jr being targeted by opponents: “Zero problems in Europe”

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Vinicius Jr may be one of the most animated characters on the field, often pushing the referees into booking him for his complaints. Having seen a whopping ten bookings in just La Liga this season, he averages one card in every three games.

However, it is also true that the Brazilian is amongst the most fouled players in the domestic competition and very regularly faces racial abuse from fans in the stands away from home.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made an interesting statement, via Movistar Plus+, about the Brazilian’s situation and the respect the team received in general in different competitions.

“I think that in Europe it changes… I think that in Europe there is more respect for Vinícius, for other players and there is more respect perhaps for Madrid and that is noticeable,” Courtois said.

“At the end against Chelsea, there were zero problems, against Liverpool there were zero problems and in the end, they are also tough opponents…”

The Belgian shotstopper’s remark could hold more truth than it appears to considering the close connection between Spanish audiences and racism in history.

Across the season, Vinicius has been targeted by opposition players while supporters from other clubs in La Liga have directed racist chants and abuses at the 22-year-old Real Madrid superstar, especially when he is playing away from home.

If one dives into the Brazilian’s record in recent games, it is interesting to note that Vinicius saw just one yellow card in the last four UEFA Champions League games the club has played. 

Considering that the Merengues faced English opposition in both the Round of 16 and quarterfinal, there is a certain correlation between the hostile environment in Spain and the Brazilian’s outbursts on the field.

Urgent steps are needed to curb the incidence of such barbaric practices in today’s sports targeted against a certain individual. After all, the world today is far beyond mere differences in complexion.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

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Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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