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Rival watch: Barcelona winger ruled out of Super Cup final vs Real Madrid through injury

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In what could be a boost for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona have officially confirmed that their winger Raphinha has sustained a hamstring injury and is sidelined.

Raphinha, 27, was part of the starting XI for Barça last night when they took on CA Osasuna in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.

But, the winger could not last beyond 43 minutes as he had to be taken off before half-time due to injury, with the Catalans confirming the nature of his ailment today.

“Tests carried out today have shown that Raphinha has a left hamstring injury. He is out and his recovery will determine his availability,” the statement from Barcelona read.

Building on that, journalist Alfredo Martinez is reporting that Raphinha will go on to miss the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday against Real Madrid.

This will come as welcome news for Carlo Ancelotti & co. as they look to win their first silverware of the 2023/24 season.

Having been humbled in last season’s Super Cup final by Barcelona, Real Madrid will be eager to set records straight this time out and Raphinha’s absence should aid them to some extent.

However, Barcelona have recovered one of their most important players in Pedri for Sunday’s main event, which could pose a hurdle for Ancelotti & co.

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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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