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Real Madrid fans were all reacting to Vinicius Junior's full debut against Melilla

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Shockwaves were sent through the footballing world when Vinicius Junior, age 16, moved to Real Madrid for almost £40 million.

Fans are certainly aware that transfer fees are rising in the 'beautiful game,' but so much money for a player who'd barely made his professional debut was really something else.

So far, though, Los Blancos' massive risk has been justified and Vinicius quickly restored their faith with a brilliant season at Flamengo last year.

Nevertheless, many expected him to go out on loan once again this season and fans were shocked that Real Madrid fully took him on board for 2018-19.

Under Julen Lopetegui, he spent the majority of his time playing for Real Madrid Castilla and only accumulated 15 minutes of game-time with the senior team.

Vinicius makes his full debut

Even those small cameos in the famous white jersey impressed, though, and the club's poor form certainly suggested that he deserved a bigger chance.

And it seems the change in management might have inspired just that with Vinicius receiving his first start for the Copa del Rey clash with Melilla.

It certainly wasn't a premier fixture, yet still a promising sign of faith from interim boss Santiago Solari.

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Real Madrid fans rate his performance

That's all and well good, but how did Vinicius get on? In short, very well.

By the time the final whistle was approaching, he was gliding past opposition defenders and even creating chances with a rabona cross.

As a result, Real Madrid fans were utterly convinced that he should have been given more game-time during the final days of Lopetegui's reign. Check out the reaction below:


With so many of Real's senior ranks struggling for form, the youthful injection of Vinicius could have been a game-changer.

Against the likes of Viktoria Plzen and Alaves, he could have given Los Blancos the kind of invention and creativity they so badly lacked in the final third.

Still not sold? Well, Vinicius also happened to deliver some pretty impressive individual highlights during his debut and fans have already cobbled a video together.

Vinicius' individual highlights

Check out his performance in all it's glory down below:

Vinicius looks some player.

The Spanish media were very keen to pick up on his performance, too, and the 18-year-old will have plenty of positive comments to read in the newspapers tomorrow.

Marca wrote on Wednesday evening: "Vinicius was impressive in his first start with the first team, showing good understanding with Benzema.

"While it came against Segunda B opposition, Solari will feel encouraged that the Brazilian has the goods to perform similarly in LaLiga and European action."

They claimed that Vinicius 'reignited' Real Madrid and based on the Melilla showing, it won't be the last time he does just that.

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

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