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Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr considering severing ties with Nike – report
From being criticised as a failure not long ago to now starting regularly for Brazil in the FIFA World Cup, Vinicius Jr has come a long way.
The 22-year-old Real Madrid superstar has grown into a recognisable across the globe which has helped him earn bigger and better sponsorship deals.
But, Vinicius has been supported by sporting good giants Nike for close to ten years now, well before his meteoric rise. He serves as one of the company’s biggest talismans in Brazil after they terminated Neymar’s deal last year. However, things are not looking rosy on that front.
According to reports from AS, Vinicius is looking to terminate his deal with the US-based company for a host of reasons.
For starters, the Brazilian feels undervalued and neglected by the company as he was made to wear an old model of the Mercurial Vapor 14 for the World Cup. Moreover, he feels the economic terms of his deal are not satisfactory and he was not called for the company’s World Cup ad.
Needless to say, Vinicius has the right to feel unjustly done. Despite being young, he is one of the biggest stars in both his club and country setups and his fame is just growing with every passing day. His current deal runs until 2028. And a lot has to change to keep the terms up to date.
The youngster has six goals and three assists in La Liga this season and a further five goal-contributions in the UEFA Champions League.
In the ongoing World Cup, he was heavily involved in both Richarlison’s goals in Brazil’s opening game against Serbia and also impressed in his outing against Switzerland. With Neymar recovering from an injury, Selecao will look to Vinicius to provide the spark in the final third when they face South Korea in the Round of 16.
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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence
According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.
Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.
The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.
“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.
Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.
Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.
As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.
In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.