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.
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.