Vinicius Junior is a name we’re still not very familiar with, but the way things are going, it’s going to be in everyone’s mouth the next twenty years.
The 16-year-old Flamengo attacking midfielder agreed terms with Real Madrid, but he’ll spend another year at the Rio de Janeiro club, playing for them in this season’s Serie A.
His agent, Federico Pena, talked to O Globo, and commented on rumours that the teenager signed for Real Madrid dazzled by the money he was offered.
Some people believe that he chose Madrid for money, but they are wrong. We arrived at an agreement with Madrid because the player preferred their project more
he said, going on to explain what he meant.
Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Casemiro, Marco Asensio, Marcelo, all arrived at Madrid before the age of 22 and they’re all very important players in the first team now. Barcelona sign players who already know how the team plays, except in Neymar’s case, so it is more difficult as can be seen with Arda
Pena said, rather overlooking the fact that Neymar, to whom Vinicius Junior is being compared, has been doing great at Barcelona, despite arriving there without knowing “how the team plays”.
Barcelona offered more money than Madrid, the player would’ve earned more
Pena insisted, trying to turn everyone’s attention from the money, to the ‘project’ Real Madrid presented to the Brazilian teenager.