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Vinicius Jr talks Benzema, Ballon d’Or, UCL final goal, and Lucas Paqueta

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If one were to choose Real Madrid’s most influential players from last season, Vinicius Jr would be very high on the list. The youngster took Europe by storm, scoring goals for fun across all competitions.

In 35 league appearances last season, he found the back of the net 17 times and provided ten assists. In addition, he scored four goals and recorded six assists in the UCL including the winning goal in the finals.

Earlier this week, the forward gave an interview to Que Papinho in which he talked about several topics ranging from his goal against Liverpool to his relationship with other players in the dressing room.

The Brazilian protege first opened up about his ‘best friend’ in football, Lucas Paqueta and described their special bond.

“Me and Paqueta always meet. He was in the stadium in the match against City to see me. He will forever be my best friend in football.”

Ironically, he then revealed that he did not like giving interviews and that he usually found questions repetitive.

“I don’t really like to give interviews, I find it boring, they always ask the same questions.”

Vinicius’s goal against Liverpool secured Los Blancos’ record 14th Champions League title. The youngster described the overwhelming moment and said that it was the best feeling in the world.

“Every time I watch the goal (UCL final), I get emotional. I don’t think there’s anything better in the world than this.”

Last season, a controversial clip involving Karim Benzema emerged on the internet wherein the Frenchman was seen asking his teammates not to pass the ball to Vinicius. The Brazilian gave his thoughts on the story and added that he had great affection for his teammate.

“The controversy with Benzema? He called me after it and said ‘you know I like you a lot, what they said wasn’t right’ and I believe him, I have great affection for him.”

He was then asked if he considered himself a role model at the club after his impressive season last year. However, the youngster instantly denied it and reiterated that he was only at the beginning of his career.

“No, I’m only 21 years old. I want to follow players like Karim, Modric, Marcelo, who won 5 UCL titles. I want to get as close to them as possible. That’s when someone can call me that.”

The Ballon d’Or is a prize every footballer dreams of lifting one day. The 21-year-old admitted that it is a desire of his but insisted that he had a lot of time.

”It’s something that has to come naturally. Karim is 35 years old and now he will win it, Modric won it at 33, I have many years to evolve, a very long road for if God wants me to win it one day.”

Karim Benzema was one of the best players in the world last year. He was one of the major pillars in Real Madrid’s run in the Champions League as he broke record after record. When asked about Benzema, Vinicius said,

“Benzema repays the affection I have for him. He was a player I followed. I’m a big fan and being able to play with him today is incredible. He recently in an interview put me in his top 5 in the world so I’m really happy.”

The interviewers then proceeded to ask the 21-year-old where he would rank himself amongst the world’s best, to which he cheekily replied,

“I’ll leave that to the people, but remember I scored a goal in the final, a goal in the semi’s and an assist in the quarters (laughs).”

Finishing has been an area in which the winger has struggled in recent years. It was only in the recent season that Vinicius found his scoring boots and terrorized goalkeepers. When asked about the same, he said,

“Yeah, people talk but the last season is always the one that stays. People don’t remember that in my first season I won the best player of the month twice and got injured.”

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  1. Gabz

    July 7, 2022 at 8:54 am

    I agree he is one of the best,but this one is going straight to Benzema

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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