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Real Madrid concerned about opposition players targeting superstar, fear Neymar-like situation

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Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Jr is known for his dazzling dribbling ability and the turn of pace that often leaves opposition defenders dead in their tracks. The 22-year-old has slowly morphed into a superstar at the club over the past 18 months or so, emerging as one of their most important players.

Indeed, Vinicius played a key role in Real Madrid’s La Liga and UEFA Champions League triumphs last term and has been carrying the baton in attack this season with Karim Benzema battling fitness problems.

However, the Brazilian has had a rough past few weeks as opposition defenders have been targeting him and relying on underhanded tactics to stop the speedster.

It was very much evident in the defeat to Rayo Vallecano earlier this week, with the Madrilenian club’s right-back, Ivan Balliu, even admitting to targeting Vinicius.

The case was similar last night against Cadiz as the 22-year-old was repeatedly on the receiving end of harsh challenges and fouls throughout.

This is now starting to become a major concern for Real Madrid, reports AS. Los Blancos are worried about opponents tackling and putting in rough challenges on Vinicius and fear that he could face a Neymar-like situation given how the PSG superstar is targeted by opposition players with strong and violent tackles.

Given how things panned out against Cadiz, Real Madrid’s concerns are not unfounded. Ivan Alejo alone fouled Vinicius on as many as five occasions on Thursday night, out of the seven he suffered. Against Rayo, the former Flamengo wonderkid was fouled six times.

In total, Vinicius has been fouled a whopping 48 times in La Liga this season which is the highest for any player across the top five European leagues.

After Thursday’s game, the Real Madrid ace tweeted: “Thank God, one more match without injury,” which pretty much summed up his situation. However, despite being on the receiving end of harsh treatment from opponents, Vinicius does not plan on changing his ways and style of play.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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