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Real Madrid defender names who should win Ballon d’Or between Vinicius and Bellingham

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Real Madrid defender Eder Militao has said that Vinicius Jr should win the Ballon d’Or ahead of his teammate Jude Bellingham.

Militao caused a bit of worry during Real Madrid’s recent match against Alaves at Santiago Bernabeu when he got into a tussle with Samu Omorodion, resulting in a hurt to his right knee. 

However, the Brazilian player, both on the field and later in the mixed zone, assured everyone that it wasn’t a serious issue.

“My feelings are good, the knee thing was nothing,” he was quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Thoughts on Vinicius Jr

Speaking about one of the goalscorers, Vinicius, the Brazil defender was asked to reveal his pick between his national compatriot and his Real Madrid teammate, Bellingham. The context was who is worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or this year, to which he said,

“Vinicius, Vinicius.

Eder Militao thinks Vinicius Jr should win the Ballon d’Or. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

“For me, Vini is the best in the world and if he continues like this it won’t take him long to win the Ballon d’Or,” he added.

Against Alaves, Vinicius scored two goals for Real Madrid and played amazingly as a striker on the left side, giving the Alaves’ defence a hard time. 

He carried the team, moving in from the flank, popping up in the middle, and drawing opponents away to create space. People in the stands even mentioned he is playing like a Ballon d’Or contender. 

However, he also got a yellow card for a tough tackle on Ruben Duarte.

Meanwhile, in the second half, Militao, who has been gradually returning to the game after a serious knee injury, made a misstep during a jump with Omorodion and ended up touching his knee. 

The stadium fell quiet, understanding the struggles Militao has faced. Thankfully, it was his right knee, not the one previously injured. 

After a brief moment of concern and discussion with his teammates, Militao carried on playing until he was substituted around the 70th minute for Rüdiger.

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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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