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Vinicius Jr issues a statement after being subjected to racist slur

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The controversy around Vinicius Jrs dance celebration has been blown out of proportion in recent days with several players and journalists taking firm stances either supporting or criticising it.

However, it completely crosses the line when Pedro Bravo, President of the Association of Spanish Agents made a racist remark against the Brazilian superstar.

Following that, Vinicius has received a huge wave of support from his teammates from both club and country, while former Brazil legends like Pele and Ronaldo have also come out in support of the 22-year-old.

Real Madrid hit out on social media condemning any form of racial abuse while the player himself gave an official statement via his Instagram.

In his official post, he stressed how dances are a celebration of diversity and not meant to disrespect anyone. He also spoke about his actions off the field to improve the conditions of his homeland and how his dance was a display of his culture.

“Weeks ago they started criminalizing my dances. Dances that aren’t mine but Ronaldinho, Neymar, Paquetá, Griezmann, J.Felix, M.Cunha, Brazilian funk/sambist, reggaeton & black American artists. Dances celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it.”

He then reiterated that nothing could stop him from celebrating his goals the way he wanted.

“Accept it, respect it because I ain’t stopping.”

He took a specific dig at Bravo who made a racial comment against him by saying, “But I repeat it to you racist: I will not stop dancing. Whether at the Sambodromo, at the Bernabéu or wherever.”

Vinicius then made a big statement by saying that some people could not digest the fact that a Brazilian was succeeding in Spain and attributed that as the reason for the criticism and abuse.

“They say that happiness is annoying. The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more.”

Vinicius will be in action on Sunday when Real Madrid face local rivals Atletico Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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