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Vinicius talks Super Cup, Ancelotti, UCL, Flamengo, fashion, and Real Madrid dreams

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Scorer of the previous season’s UEFA Champions League final, Vinicius Jr has said that he wants to win five or six Champions League titles with Real Madrid and that he wants to be as influential as some of the best players who have played for the team.

Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt, the young forward said, “I admire the players who have achieved so much at this club, the biggest in the world,” he was quoted as saying by MARCA.

“Of course, I want to keep winning here and play for a long time to win as much as them. Win five or six Champions Leagues and be as influential as some of the best players who have worn the Madrid shirt,” he added.

When asked about the favourite moment of his Real Madrid career, the 22-year-old pressed on the second leg of last season’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.

“The match against City at the Bernabéu,” he quipped. 

“In two minutes Rodrygo entered and scored two goals that took us to the final. The most important moment of the competition, I think, was that.”

“It was a very important moment for us, for me, for the whole team. After a great season, we had to end it with a victory in the final. I always say that I have about 15 years left in my career and I don’t know when my next one will be final. 

“That’s why I had to enjoy it to the fullest. Scoring the winning goal was a unique feeling. There’s not much to say, to write, to talk about what it feels like. Only the people who have lived it, who have lived football as we experienced it last season, know how important it is and how happy it makes you,” said the youngster.

Speaking about the Real Madrid mentality and about how the season panned out last season, he added,

“It’s right in the DNA of this club and this shirt: always going out for the big games, players who know how to deal with those days. That was the key last season. Some games were emotional rollercoasters where everything seemed to go we wanted.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival in June last year made a huge impact on Vinicius’ career so much so that he went on to enjoy the best scoring season of his entire career, having netted 22 times. 

“He [Ancelotti] knew how to get the best out of us. He’s very kind and treats us like his children. He gives us peace of mind and confidence. And then there’s his great job preparing for the games.”

Furthermore, speaking candidly about Flamingo and his love for NBA, he expressed how deep the connection he has with both.

“I’ve been a Flamengo fan since I was little. I went to the Maracana recently and when the fans saw that I was there, they started chanting my name. That was very important to me because my heart belongs to the club that allowed me to be in Madrid now,” he explained.

“I like the NBA and I always see how the players arrive at the games. I am also a fan of Lewis Hamilton. Alaba and Camavinga share this passion. Camavinga walked the catwalk on the last Balenciaga catwalk.”

Lastly, when asked about the preparations for the Super Cup final, the 22-year-old said the players will do everything in their power to take the title back home.

“It is very important to try to win as many games as possible, especially if you want to win in competitions as important as the Super Cup. We will do everything possible to achieve the first piece of jewellery that appears in the season,” he concluded.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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