On Friday morning, Real Madrid fans finally got their first glimpse of Vinicius Junior wearing the famous white shirt at the Bernabeu.
It’s over a year since Los Blancos agreed to sign the Brazilian forward in a £38.7 million deal from Flamengo.
Vinicius was only 16 years old at the time and, subsequently, was forced to stay in Brazil until this summer.
The teenager, now 18, was one of the most sought-after young footballers on the planet when Madrid secured his services.
Europe’s top clubs were locked in a battle for his signature after he finished as top scorer and was voted best player at the Under-17 South American Championship, which Brazil won.
Fearing they might miss out on another potential Neymar, Real Madrid made their move and convinced him that the Bernabeu was the perfect destination for him to fulfil his dreams.
Speculation is rife that the starlet could be loaned out to another La Liga club this season - Getafe, Leganés and Rayo Vallecano are reportedly his most likely destinations - although Madrid insist that is not the plan.
Comparing Vinicius's kick-up attempt to Theo Hernandez's
If the footage of him training with his new teammates this week is anything to go by, then Vinicius could already do a job for Julen Lopetegui’s side this season.
He looks incredibly sharp and determined to force his way into Madrid’s squad - and with Cristiano Ronaldo no longer at the club, he might have an opportunity to do just that.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a legend of Real Madrid,” Vinicius said at his opening press conference on Friday. “But I am very happy to be alongside [Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale, the players I will play with in the future. The best players in the world are here.”
As with all new Real Madrid signings, Vinicius was required to show off his skills by doing a few kick-ups out on the pitch.
Lots of players crumble at this point. The pressure gets a bit too much for them and they make a meal out of it.
Take a look at Theo Hernandez’s laughable effort from last summer…
Poor lad will never live that down.
However, Vinicius looked every bit like a potential Real Madrid superstar during his unveiling.
The Brazilian pulled off some eye-catching skills and looked completely at home out on the Bernabeu pitch.
Expect we’ll be seeing lots more of this special talent this season.
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