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Vinicius may have played his last game of the season vs Valencia, three-game ban expected

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Real Madrid’s La Liga encounter against Valencia was marred by ugly scenes as fans at the Mestalla constantly hurled racist abuse towards Vinicius Jr during the game.

And towards the end of the game, tempers flared and the Real Madrid winger was shown a direct red card by the referee for appearing to slap Hugo Duro.

Intriguingly, though, there was no card shown towards Giorgi Mamardashvili, who was the chief instigator of the melee that took place between the two sets of players late in the game, or any other Valencia player for that matter.

La Liga finds itself in the eye of the storm with another case of a player being racially abused by opposition fans. Vinicius Jr has been often at the receiving end of this racist attack, while Inaki Williams of Athletic Club is another who had to face this vile behaviour.

Amidst the controversy, AS is now reporting that Vinicius might have very well played his last game of the 2022/23 season against Valencia.

Indeed, as per the report, the 22-year-old Brazilian speedster could be facing a three-match ban for the incident with Duro and with three games left to be played in the La Liga campaign, his season may well be over.

The official report from referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea described Vinicius was shown a red card for “hitting an opponent’s face with his arm when the ball was not in play, in a massive confrontation between players from both teams.”

As such the Competitions Committee will study the case and make a decision on the length of his ban, which could be for three matches, which would rule him out of the remaining matches against Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla, and Athletic Club.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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