Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior attributes his one-on-one skills to futsal, which is played on a hard, small court, indoors. In fact, Vinicius calls himself a street footballer.
The Brazilian winger has recently seen a rejuvenation in form. So much so, that links to several clubs wanting a transfer, including Liverpool, are following him now.
Vinicius on Champions League
Vinicius Jr gave an interview to the official UEFA media. Amidst his club’s scandalous Super League campaign, the Real Madrid striker declared they loved Champions League, which ESL would’ve usurped.
“We like the Champions League and have won it more times than anyone else”, he told UEFA’s official media.
Vinicius played a pivotal role in the Real squad qualifying the Champions League quarter finals. He scored twice against Liverpool and helped knock them out over two legs.
And he said, ahead of their upcoming semi-final battle with Chelsea in the Champions League:
The Real Madrid Experience
Vinicius Junior admits that representing Real Madrid has its pitfalls, but also its perks. For instance, the Brazilian forward is delighted that he can now play as himself on video games.
He discussed his club: “Facing these changes when you are [just 18] is something good and bad at the same time.
“It is good because you have more time to learn things and play during several years in Europe, but you also face the fear and insecurity of playing for the greatest club in the world and doing things right.”
“I was very young when I came to a new country, and I had to change my habits both on and off the pitch to get used to another football culture, which is completely different from Brazil,” he said. He later divulged the Brazilian influence on his style of play as well.
“Arriving here and playing with my greatest heroes, who I used to watch on TV or while playing video games. Now I can play as myself, which I do a lot,” he exclaims with joy.
“I play a lot against Rodrygo and [Eder] Militão, who I’m closest to; we’re always playing. Who is the best FIFA player at Madrid? I think it’s [Marcos] Asensio and [Dani] Carvajal: they’re good.”
Vinicius Calls Himself a Street Footballer
In the interview, the Brazilian identifies himself as a product of a street football.
“Playing on the streets helped me lose my fear of dribbling because you don’t have any responsibility. You can take lots of chances because there’s nothing to lose,” he said. “Futsal also helped me.”
“Everyone says that Brazilian players have a lot of quality and I think it’s because we play in small spaces, we started playing in the street when we were young and always with older people,” he explained. “All that helps us.”
Vinicious said, when asked whether his one-on-one ability is a natural gift:
“When I’m in one-on-one situations I never think about it, I always improvise. I’m very calm and I always try the best moves, because when I dribble past my marker it’ll take me closer to the box to help the team.
“I think my style adapts to the style of every team, just like the Brazilian style adapts to the style of every club and every team in the world. I’ll never change the way I play and I’ll always try to keep doing what I did when I started playing. I’ll always look to improve to get to a higher level.”