From a new hero to a freeze, what happened to Vinicius Jr.?

From a new hero to a freeze, what happened to Vinicius Jr.?

The player's radiation was extinguished under Zidane's leadership and his compatriot Rodrigo's success in stealing the spotlight from him

Amid the gloom of the 2018/19 season at Real Madrid, there was more than one spark.

First, Karim Benzema's level, especially in the second half of the season, showed his best until the end of the season by scoring 30 goals in all competitions, building on this season with 12 goals and 6 assists since last August.

The other positive point of the season, which saw Florentino Pérez appoint for 3 coaches, was the youngest player at Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior, who made the supporters look good in the future of Real Madrid thanks to his direct running style and his direct desire to take risks to beat opponents' defenders.

Real Madrid signed the player from Flamengo for 46 million euros in the summer of 2017, becoming the most expensive under-19 player in the history of football and the second most expensive Brazilian player behind Neymar.

In the terms of the original deal in 2017, Real Madrid decided to return him to Flamengo on a two-season deal until 2019 when he turns 18, but due to his rapid development and brilliance, Real Madrid backed away from the second part of the deal and brought him to Madrid in 2018.

Vinícius's career in Madrid did not start as planned, where he spent most of his time playing for The Castilla and found the disregard of coach Julen Lopetegui, and the lack of reliance became one of the main criticisms of the Spanish coach who was ousted after the 5/1 loss to Barcelona.

As Santiago Solari stepped up from The Castilla team to replace Lopetegui in the first team, the player's fate changed and he began to get chances, and in Solari first game he made a decisive pass in the 2/0 win over Valladolid, and then became a key pillar with Solari, and made him second behind Jadon Sancho in the annual Tour of The World's Most Talented Young Players.

There were obvious shortcomings in his style, including the inability to finish some dangerous chances in front of goal and the continued running and evasiveness.

After suffering a knee injury in March, the player was only able to appear three times under Zinedine Zidane once the French legend returned to the bench, but the Brazilian youngster had already made a good impression.

"Vinícius, 18 years old, will certainly be the future of Real Madrid," Zidane told reporters in September. But everything comes on time. He's doing things the right way, and I'm going to keep counting on him."

But Zidane swallowed those promises!

After contracting Eden Hazard, who plays at the same vinícius center, the player's chances were very limited.

Reports indicated during the summer that Zidane was keen to loan the player this summer, but Pérez stood against that idea of Zidane and the player remained in the end but without getting the confidence of the French coach, to the extent that the latter pushed him a lot in the center of the right-wing which is the center other than his basic center, to fail the player to leave any real imprint.

The 19-year-old has started four games in all competitions this season and was completely ruled out in last Saturday's match against Real Sociedad. With Hazard arriving and Gareth Bale continuing back in the picture, his way to the first team was suddenly blocked, not to mention the brilliance of his compatriot Rodrigo who booked his place on the other side of the pitch.

After hat-trick in Galatasaray's Champions League match, it was Rodrigo that made the Real Madrid fans more attracted to him.

From a new hero to a freeze, what happened to Vinicius Jr.?

Rodrygo was signed with the same amount as Vinícius, who is only a year younger than his compatriot, appeared in Madrid with a goal against Osasuna in September and did not look back.  He has started five of Los Blancos' last six games, contributing four more goals, and with Bale doing everything he can to sever his remaining ties in Madrid, Rodrigo has the opportunity to strengthen himself in the coming months.

For Vinícius, the picture looks darker. Despite the player's own desire to continue and fight for his position and future at Real Madrid, talk of his loan in January is on the rise, and he will no doubt have plenty of clubs willing to join him if available.

Former Real Madrid and Brazilian striker Ronaldo, who now owns Real Valladolid, expressed interest in signing him, telling The Brazilian channel Fox Sports that he had a great season last year and practically saved Real Madrid from a worse failure. I wish I could make it a success."

As Madrid prepare to face Paris Saint-Germain in a match that is a measure of the club's improvement, Vinícius is unlikely to be involved, at least from the outset, leaving the player facing speculation from here until January.

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