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Vinicius Jr’s savage reply to Gavi’s sledging attempt during Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid’s 4-0 rout of FC Barcelona stole the headlines for a number of reasons. The biggest takeaway from the game was the demolition of the Catalans and Karim Benzema’s hattrick, but there were multiple episodes on the field when matters heated up and stole some spotlight.

One such instance, and perhaps the most significant one, was the altercation between Vinicius Jr and Gavi. The two young stars have been known to be overly expressive on the field, and it is not surprising that things went out of hand when they met in El Clasico.

During the game last night, Barcelona’s Golden Boy approached Vinicius and had some unpleasant words for the winger at half-time.

You are very bad,” Gavi told the Brazilian winger in an attempt to sledge him.

Real Madrid completed their second-half demolition of Barcelona soon after and the scoreline read 4-0 in favour of the Merengues. Hitting back at the Catalan midfielder, Vinicius did not hold back and slapped him in the face with his words.

“Very bad, you remember? It’s so sad, you’re out of the Copa,” he said as revealed by Movistar Plus.

The tussles on the field at both the sporting and personal levels give El Clasico meaning and make it more than a mere game of football. Both Gavi and Vinicius have the passion for their club running through their blood and represent the shift of the rivalry to the next generation.

Vini’s antics on the field last night are said to have riled up the Barcelona dressing room who are said to be fuming at his attitude and behaviour.

Ronald Araujo even came out to speak about the youngster after the game and said: “Vinicius needs to focus on playing football. I always try to respect my opponents, but I got a little heated tonight. Vinicius spent the whole match telling our players this and that. He kept saying things to the crowd, and it got heated.”

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Premier League midfielder explains the difference between Vinicius and Rodrygo, praises Endrick

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In Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid have two attacking superstars who are bound to lead the team to great heights for years to come.

The Brazilian duo have become integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans over the past few years and have played key roles in the success that the Merengues have achieved of late.

And, as we enter the final phase of the season, both Rodrygo and Vinicius will be crucial for Real Madrid to win silverware.

What’s the difference between Rodrygo and Vinicius?

Rodrygo and Vinicius will be playing in England tonight as Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Ahead of the contest, Fulham midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has seen both Rodrygo and Vinicius from close quarters with the Brazil national team, has shed light on how both players are different from each other but equally impactful.

Speaking on the FIVE Podcast, Pereira stated that Rodrygo was more versatile and smooth whereas Vinicius was more of an explosive player.

“I would say Rodrygo can play as a No. 10, right wing, left wing, false nine. He’s just so smooth… you cannot put pressure on him, he turns right, he turns left,” Pereira said.

“I think Vini is so explosive, he can score a goal in 1 second. He can lose a ball & look tired… then boom, it’s a goal. He’s more explosive, fast. So the combination they both have together is just… to play with them, it’s easy you know (laughs).”

The present and future of Real Madrid. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

On being asked if Arsenal star Bukayo Saka was better than Rodrygo, Pereira laughed off that suggestion and said:

“Saka better than Rodrygo? Rodrygo? From Real Madrid? (laughs). Nah, your opinion is different. I like Saka, I think he’s amazing, but Rodrygo can play in all positions, plays for Real Madrid.”

Pereira praises Endrick

Pereira also had some words of praise for soon-to-be Real Madrid player Endrick. The Brazilian whizkid signed for the Merengues in December 2022 itself and will be arriving this summer once he turns 18.

There are a lot of expectations on the 17-year-old and Pereira has now added to the hype surrounding him, saying:

“Endrick? I don’t know the English word, but in Brazil we have a word: ‘O iluminado’. You know when a lot of people are about to be born and God says ‘this is the one’, he’s like that. He’s a monster.”

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