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Real Madrid ace set to start for Brazil in World Cup opener against Serbia – report

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Brazil will kick off their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign later tonight when they face off against Serbia in a Group G encounter. And, according to Mario Cortegana of MARCA, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior is in line to start for the Selecao against the Serbian outfit.

Brazil have a loaded attacking department that boasts of players like Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Antony, Raphinha, Pedro, and Gabriel Martinelli apart from the Real Madrid duo of Vinicius and Rodrygo Goes.

So, naturally, manager Tite has a vital decision to make with regard to his attacking lineup for the game against Serbia tonight. And, as per the report, Vinicius is in line to get the nod from the kickoff versus the European nation.

The report indicates that Brazil will line up in a 4-4-2 formation on the night, which will see Vinicius get deployed on the left flank while Barcelona’s Raphinha will likely take up the right wing. Neymar and Richarlison are in line to get the nod as the two strikers.

Vinicius has been in fine form over the past year and has started the 2022/23 campaign on an impressive note. In 21 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, the 22-year-old forward has 15 goal contributions (10 goals, 5 assists).

Recently, Brazil icon and former Barcelona defender Dani Alves praised Vinicius as well as Rodrygo, claiming that the Real Madrid duo is destined for greatness.

Vinicius has made 16 appearances for the Brazilian national team so far in his career and has managed to score just one goal.

The 22-year-old will be hoping to boost that tally in the coming weeks and help the Selecao go all the way at the World Cup, starting with the game against Serbia tonight.

Rodrygo and Eder Militao, meanwhile, will have to settle for a spot on the bench.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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