Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr was once again the centre of attention when his side took on Valladolid away from home.
In what was a hard-fought 2-0 win for the team for the Spanish capital city, the Brazilian forward became a target of racial slurs and insults once more this season, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The 22-year-old, who was substituted in the 86th minute, was told to get off the field through the nearest touchline by referee Munuera Montero and that, in fact, was far away from the bench.
Hence, the Brazilian had to go around the entire field and Valladolid fans made sure the walk was as uncomfortable as anything.
The tensest moment came when Karim Benzema scored the second goal of the night in the 89th minute. Vinicius, who was walking past Thibaut Courtois’ goal, celebrated the Frenchman’s goal in style only to provoke the Valladolid fans who were present right at the back of the Belgian’s goal.
As it turned out, Vinicius became a victim of racial abuse and an object was hurled at the footballer. Not only that but even monkey chants were heard from the stand.
This is not the first time that Vinicius has been at the receiving end of such kind of behaviour. Back in September when Real took on Atletico Madrid, vile racial slurs were shouted at the forward.
A few days before that match, football agent Pedro Bravo told Vinicius Jr to ‘stop acting like a monkey.’
Bravo was eventually forced to apologise for his words, while fans who were involved in the unsavoury incidents at the Civitas Metropolitano were sanctioned. Whether any investigation is launched into the happenings at Jose Zorrilla on Friday night remains to be seen.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.