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Real Madrid superstar ‘worthy winner’ of the Ballon d’Or insists Liverpool ace

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After enjoying a special season with Real Madrid during which he played an integral role in the club’s treble success, Vinicius Jr. is now leading Brazil’s campaign at the 2024 Copa America.

The 23-year-old, as a result, has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the Ballon d’Or this year, along with his club teammate Jude Bellingham.

Vinicius receives Alisson’s endorsement

A number of players, present and past, have backed Vinicius Jr.’s candidacy for the Ballon d’Or and now Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker has joined the list.

The Selecao shot-stopper has claimed that the 23-year-old Real Madrid ace would be a worthy winner of the Golden Orb, as he said:

“The last game (against Paraguay) was a demonstration of what he can do. We know the ability he has, what he has done this season. He is worthy of being awarded as the best in the world.”

Vinicius starred for Brazil vs Paraguay. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

There has been some criticism of Vinicius’ performance on the international level, but Alisson backed the forward to reach the level he has shown at Real Madrid with Brazil ‘naturally’ and that the rest of the team must also perform to help him win the Ballon d’Or.

Vinicius is the leader of this Brazil squad for the Copa America in the United States, with Neymar missing out after failing to recover in time from a torn cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee.

The Real Madrid winger was the star of the show for the Selecao during their 4-1 victory over Paraguay. The No. 7 had scored three international goals in 31 games before that match and last Friday he netted twice in 15 minutes.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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