Real Madrid were dealt another devastating blow this season in their 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.
It's been a torrid campaign for Los Blancos, but the visit of CSKA seemed to present an easy opportunity to win at the Bernabeu and set the right tone for the knockout rounds.
That simply wasn't the case, though, as Real Madrid ended their Champions League group in embarrassing fashion and suffered their second defeat to the Russians in a matter of months.
While the first game finished 1-0 in Moscow, there was nothing close about the affair in Madrid with Fedor Chalov, Georgy Schennikov and Arnor Sigurdsson all finding the net.
There were few positives to take from the game with Santiago Solari suffering his first home defeat, Isco being routinely booed by the crowd and Gareth Bale hobbling off with an ankle injury.
Real Madrid 0-3 CSKA Moscow
However, if you asked Real Madrid fans to name one cause for optimism in such a negative game of football, they'd probably all answer 'Vinicius Jr.'
Despite many expecting him to collect dust with Castilla this season, he has been given plenty of opportunities under Solari and shown the qualities that so many Real players have lacked this year.
He's far from the finished articles but has offered enthusiasm, invention and a determination to drive towards goal.
Vinicius' individual highlights
Vinicius became the youngest non-Spanish player to start for Real in the Champions League and completed 7/11 dribbles during the game, more than any of his teammates this season.
So it should come as no surprise that supporters - in the routine Marca player rater - voted him as their star performer, raking in over 600 up-votes for his display.
Positive stuff then and in the aftermath of his showing, a video has emerged of his full highlights that shows exactly why Real Madrid fans were so chuffed. Check it out down below:
If only every Real player performed with such heart.
Was it a faultless performance? Did he get everything right? Absolutely not, but it was his forward thinking and taking-on-the-world attitude that endeared him so much to supporters.
And everybody knows that the talent is there, with Vincius running rings around CSKA players at certain points and delivering a first touch so good it went viral.
If there is any beneficiary from Real struggling this season, it's Vinicius and he seems to be grabbing every opportunity in the first-team with both hands.
It goes to show that constant loan spells - which have befallen players like Martin Odegaard - aren't necessarily the solution and there's no substitute for experience in the first-team.
The scary thing is that Vinicius is still just 18-years-old and without even 100 appearances in the professional game.
There is plenty more still to come.
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