Madrid, September 13 (BUS): Vinicius Junior quickly helped Real Madrid’s followers forget about Kylian Mbappe, the Associated Press reported.
Real Madrid fans were frustrated by the failure of negotiations to bring Mbappe on the transfer deadline last month, but some matches in the new season have found they can count on Vinicius Jr.
The fans embraced Vinicius Junior, and they did so literally on Sunday as the young Brazilian jumped into the stands to celebrate with the crowd after scoring in the 5-2 win over Celta Vigo in La Liga at the reopening of the Santiago Bernabeu after more than 18 months.
Vinicius Jr. was swept by fans, who hugged him profusely before referees and police officers helped him back onto the field.
A visit to the stands earned him a yellow card, but it was a huge hit with fans who have not been at the Bernabéu since it was closed due to the pandemic and a huge renovation project.
The 21-year-old has made an impressive start to the season, scoring four goals in his first four matches and was an important part of Madrid’s attack alongside Benzema.
The Brazilian has often been criticized for his lack of goals but has visibly improved, becoming an even bigger threat as he continues to display incredible speed and superhuman skills.
Vinicius Junior, who arrived in 2018 as a teenager from Brazilian club Flamengo for nearly 45 million euros ($53 million), will be more important to Ancelotti in the near future as striker Gareth Bale will be out for a while due to a muscle injury. .
Real Madrid have always been on the hunt for Mbappe to bolster their attack but were unable to seal a deal with Paris Saint-Germain last month despite an offer that was said to have exceeded 200 million euros ($235 million).
The Spanish club will have to wait until next season to try to bring in the France striker, who will then be a free agent.
Ancelotti is more than happy with the attack of Vinicius Junior and Madrid at the moment, with the team scoring 13 goals in four matches, the most in La Liga so far.
But the defense, without its veteran captain Sergio Ramos, faced difficulties, having already conceded six times. Real Madrid had to fall behind twice on Sunday against Celta.
Real Madrid, who lost last season without a title under coach Zinedine Zidane, turned their focus to the Champions League and a trip to face Inter Milan on Wednesday to open their Group D campaign.
Real Madrid’s next league match will be at Valencia on Sunday. The team leads the league with 10 points, and is tied with Valencia and defending champion Atlético Madrid.