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Real Madrid legend waxes lyrical over Vinicius Jr: “He defines modern football”

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Roberto Carlos is widely regarded to be one of the finest full-backs to have ever treaded a football field. The former Brazilian superstar and Real Madrid legend played 527 games in the white colours and had a whopping 128 caps with the Selecao in his stellar career.

At the Santiago Bernabeu, he won three European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Super Cup, four La Liga titles, and three Spanish Super Cup titles.

Earlier this week, Carlos spoke at a public appearance (h/t AS) where he praised Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr for his consistent ability to make a difference at the highest level for the Merengues.

“Vinicius is fantastic, one of the most decisive players in the world. Extraordinary,” he said.

The legendary left-back did not stop there and commented on how the youngster’s style suited the modern game.

“Vinicius is modern football, he defines it,” he added.

The Brazilian winger indeed has been the centre-piece to Carlo Ancelotti’s setup this season and is rightly called one of the best players on the planet. His dribbling ability is second to none, and his rampant pace forms a combination that is a defender’s worst nightmare.

In 27 La Liga games for Los Blancos, the 22-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists. Moreover, he averages two key passes per game and has created 11 big chances.

Most recently, he completed a man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal, providing two assists and tearing the English defence apart.

Vinicius has been left out of the squad to face Cadiz for a mild niggle but is expected to be back for the second leg on Tuesday.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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