Vinicius Junior showed an incredible turn of pace during Leganes 1-0 Real Madrid


Vinicius Junior has already made quite the impact at Real Madrid.

Despite arriving at the Bernabeu with limited experience in the professional game, the Brazilian has made a lasting impression in just a matter of months and continues to make first-team appearances.

Many assumed that Vinicius would either be loaned out - much like Martin Odegaard - or spend the season playing for Real Madrid Castilla. 

And while the latter might have been the case under Julen Lopetegui, he has been given the chance to shine under Santiago Solari and is being widely praised for his performances.

You know you're impressing when Jordi Alba is being informed that people in Madrid are comparing him to Lionel Messi. Yes, really.

Vinicius impressing at Real Madrid

The excitement around Vinicius only heightened in mid-week, too, with the second leg of a Copa del Rey tie with Leganes giving him the perfect opportunity to shine.

It proved a frustrating night for Los Blancos who - despite breezing through 3-1 on aggregate - slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the Estadio Municipal de Burtarque.

However, that didn't stop Vinicius from reminding supporters why he is such a talent and Madrid-based newspaper Marca wrote the following headline after the game: "Vinicius is showing up the rest."

Leganes v Real Madrid- Copa del Rey Round of 16: Second Leg

Vinicius shows his incredible pace

That's no small statement when you're only 18 years old and lining up with players like Isco, Marcelo and Raphael Varane.

And it was through Vinicius that Real Madrid were almost able to salvage a draw, creating a superb opportunity that culminated in Brahim Diaz hitting the post.

It all came through a moment of brilliance on the left wing where Vinicius used his raw pace to bypass a Leganes defender and deliver an accurate cross into the penalty area.

One massive touch worked perfectly with his speed and FIFA 19's decision to give him a pace rating of 93 looked well and truly justified. Check out the clip down below:

Catch him if you can.

It seems there's nothing that Vinicius can't do right now and that kind of electric pace will cause serious problems for La Liga defences in the future.

In fact, broadcaster beIN Sports recorded him at a top speed of 34.0km/h during their coverage, topping the 33.98km/h reached by Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest speed in the 2018 World Cup.

Above everything else, though, it's the latest reminder that Vinicius is the biggest champion of inventive and dynamic play at the Bernabeu right now.


Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, Real simply haven't looked the same and Vinicius' style of play has been like a breath of fresh air.

However, it should also give his teammates the wake-up call they need because currently they're being outperformed by the new kid on the block.

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