July 2018 and a barely 18-year-old Vinicius Junior had just signed for Real Madrid for an astronomical fee reported to be worth in excess of £50million. Madrid had long been kicking themselves for missing out on Neymar (£19.06) who instead opted to join Barcelona back in 2013 and now 5 years later, they finally looked to have outdone their fierce Spanish rivals in winning Vinicius Junior’s signature. The Brazilian wonderkid had been regarded as a very raw talent, with an exception ceiling of potential. He had already impressed for the Brazil under 17 side (with a phenomenal record of 17 goals in 19 games) but, his first-team action at Flamengo was still limited when Madrid made the decision to cough up the big bucks to get their man.
Since signing for Madrid in the summer, it has taken time for Vinicius to establish himself and, under previous coach Julien Lopetegui, he found his playing time limited to the Madrid second tier Castilla side. Despite a great goal record for Castilla, Vinicius found it difficult to gain any real first-team experience during the early period of the season.
However, since Santiago Solari has taken the helm over in Madrid, it’s been nothing but an upward curve for Vincius both on the pitch and on Football Index. Vinicius has grabbed the bull by the horns and he is very quickly becoming the talk of the town at the Spanish capital. The Brazilian followed up his stellar performance during the 3-0 win over Leganes with another great display last night against Real Betis. During the match, his explosive pace and energy proved to be a vital asset in guiding Madrid to a late 2-1 victory and although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, his ability to wreak havoc in the opposition defence is becoming a more and more regular occurrence.
Vinicius’ performances haven’t gone unnoticed on the Index and his graph over the last month is a thing of true beauty. Having been available for as low as £5.60 barely a week ago, Vinicius has now been subject to an increase of £2.67 in just one week. Not only is Vinicius performing well on the pitch, but from a Media point of view, he could prove to be an even more valuable asset. It does seem that the Brazilian has a somewhat questionable disciplinary record, having already picked up a red card for diving in a Castilla match. His penchant for controversy flared up again last night, as an argument between Vinicius and Betis defender Marc Bartra (£2.39) was caught on camera.
He has only been in Europe for barely half a season, but already the early signs for Vinicius are very promising. Considering he seems to be growing in confidence as each game goes by, coupled with a tendency to attract attention for the wrong reasons, it’s no surprise to have seen his price skyrocket recently. Young talents are always being hyped up by the media, but every now and then a talent comes along that makes you sit up and take notice and when it comes to Vinicius Junior, it really does look like we had all better start believing the hype.