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Vinicius Junior's very first touch at the Santiago Bernabeu was just brilliant

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If the name Vinicius Junior somehow isn’t familiar to you, don’t worry - it soon will be.

Real Madrid agreed to sign the Brazilian from Flamengo when he was just 16-years-old, with the £38.7 million transfer taking effect after his 18th birthday.

A month ago to the day, Vinicius turned 18 and was officially unveiled at his new club a week later.

Even by the standards of modern football, his price tag remains eye-watering for a teenager despite being well short of the £166 million Paris Saint-Germain paid to secure Kylian Mbappe.

Vinicius - who scored seven goals in 37 senior appearances as a Flamengo player - is thought to have done enough in his young career to warrant the hype surrounding him.

At least that’s what Madrid president Florentino Perez believes, claiming: "He's a player who is already considered one of the great hopes of Brazilian and world football.”

The Los Blancos faithful have been eagerly waiting for their first glimpse of Vinicius at the Santiago Bernabeu, and they finally got their wish during a friendly against AC Milan on Saturday.

The 18-year-old - who came off the bench during the second half of the 3-1 victory - was greeted by an ovation from the home crowd.

Vinicius’ new fans weren’t left underwhelmed by his cameo appearance, as he introduced pace and fearless dribbling into an otherwise typically sluggish exhibition match.

While the South American prodigy’s overall performance certainly made a positive impression, it was no less than what had to be expected following his very first touch.

Real Madrid v AC Milan - Pre-Season Friendly

Moments after coming on to replace Gareth Bale, Vinicius found himself about to receive the ball on the left wing, well inside his own half.

But instead of merely knocking a return pass to his full-back, the Brazilian back-heeled the ball through the legs of his marker and towards a teammate, allowing Madrid to burst away on a counter attack.

It was a brilliant display of skill from a young man clearly unawed by his surroundings - check it in the video below.

Vinicius may have preferred to get on the scoresheet in his first outing at the Bernabeu, but pulling off such a ridiculous touch is surely an adequate consolation.

If he keeps this up, Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be missed any time soon.

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