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Marca have delivered an eye-opening verdict on Real Madrid's Vinicius

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Real Madrid may be having somewhat of a rocky season, but there are still some positives on display at the Bernabeu. 

The club sacked manager Julen Lopetegui back in October and currently sit fifth in the La Liga table, 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona. 

But, all is not lost. Los Blancos are in the last 16 of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, so there is a good chance they'll be competing for some silverware come May. 

Although Madrid may presently be underperforming in the league, the future is certainly looking bright. 

In their Copa del Rey tie against Leganes on Wednesday night, Santiago Solari named five players aged 23 or younger in his starting 11. 

On top of that, 19-year-old Brahim Diaz also made an appearance off the bench, as the kids ran riot. 

STANDOUT PERFORMER 

Real picked up a 3-0 victory, and the pick of the goals came from 18-year-old Vinicius Junior, who scored a spectacular volley with just over 10 minutes to play. 

The young Brazilian has played just a handful of games for the Spanish club, but he's already impressing a lot of people. 

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In fact, following his performance in Wednesday's fixture, Marca have delivered their verdict on young Vinicius - and it's fair to say that they're very big fans. 

"Real Madrid are going through an uncertain moment, but this kid has what the team lacks," the paper writes.

"There is excitement in his boots, just as there is in the eyes of the Real Madrid fans when they seem him playing like this at just 18 years of age.

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RAUL COMPARISONS 

"It might be an exaggeration or maybe it isn't, but nobody has had a similar impact since Raul at such an early age.

"This shirt doesn't respect anybody and makes the weak feel small, but Vinicius isn't that type. He has turned the Bernabeu pitch into a Brazilian beach."

Just being mentioned in the same breath as a Madrid legend like Raul is praise enough, but Marca hasn't stopped there. They believe that Vinicius is the club's latest savior. 

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"Julen Lopetegui closed the door on him because he was raw. With Santiago Solari, he has exploded.

REAL'S NEW HERO

"At times of crisis you take what you can, but Vinicius is more than that. He has broken down the door and promises a golden future of the highest order. 

"The volley against Leganes will be remembered in the club museum as his first great goal, but others will remember the way he carried the team on his back.

"He did so last Sunday against Real Sociedad, when he tried to save the world as the apocalypse neared. The No.28 was there at a dark time, like Raul was.

"Real Madrid are being carried by a teenager and that's not ideal. But it's not a bad teenager to be led by. He has made an impact."

Wow. That really is some ridiculously high praise for the teenage forward. But, after the start he's made in a Madrid shirt, it's not hard to see why Marca are getting so excited.  

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