Following the end of the mid-season hiatus, Real Madrid restarted their La Liga campaign on Friday, as they beat Real Valladolid 2-0.
While it was a positive result for the reigning Spanish champions, one of the star players in Vinicius Jr was once again a subject of racist comments from Valladolid fans.
The forward, who has been the victim of racism in the past, was seen receiving slurs from the home fans while walking off the pitch following his substitution.
In the aftermath of the incident, Vinicius Junior has taken to social media to voice his displeasure and frustration at the racial slurs being hurled at him. He has also criticised La Liga authority for not taking measures to curb racism in the stadium.
”Racists keep going to stadiums to watch the biggest club in the world up close and La Liga keep doing nothing. I will continue to hold my head high & celebrate my & Madrid’s victories. In the end, it is my fault,” Vinicius wrote in an Instagram story.
La Liga have come into the limelight multiple times in the past for rampant racism seen in stadiums. Vinicius himself has been a victim in the past, and has criticised the authorities time and time again.
Vinicius’ compatriot Rodrygo had notably come out earlier in the season, suggesting that the authorities “do not do anything” after five Brazilian players were subject to racism during an international friendly.
La Liga authority had notably denounced 24 chants shortly after Atletico Madrid’s game against Real Madrid – a match that stirred a lot of controversy on and off the pitch.
Despite his battles against racism, Vinicius, for his part, will look to focus on the season ahead. With ten goals and five assists in all competitions, the Brazilian has been one of the top performers for Real Madrid this season and will play a key role for Los Blancos during the second half of the campaign.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.