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Vinícius Júnior: Supercopa Hero’s Honest Admission
- Updated: January 15, 2024
Vinícius Júnior’s Hat Trick Steals the Spotlight in Real Madrid’s Supercopa Clásico Triumph
In a stunning display of skill and tenacity, Vinícius Júnior led Real Madrid to a resounding 4-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Supercopa final. The Brazilian forward showcased his prowess with two early goals, setting the tone for an impressive performance in Riyadh. However, the euphoria of the hat trick was tinged with controversy as Vinícius engaged in a heated exchange with Barcelona’s bench, making a ‘4-1’ gesture captured by TV cameras.
Vinícius, named the final’s MVP, defended his on-field actions during a post-match news conference, acknowledging, “I’m no saint.” Reflecting on the incident, he expressed sadness about the focus on his behavior, stating, “Everyone wants to fight with me because they know it will be ‘Vini did this, Vini did that’ in the press.” Despite admitting his imperfections, Vinícius emphasized his commitment to improvement and serving as a positive role model.
The Brazilian forward’s spectacular performance included a third goal from the penalty spot before halftime, contributing significantly to Real Madrid’s triumph. Rodrygo Goes sealed the victory with a fourth goal, securing the Supercopa title. The match took an intense turn as Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo received a red card, adding to the drama of the Clásico clash.
Vinícius’ celebration after his first goal captured attention, as he paid homage to his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, by imitating the legendary player’s trademark goal celebration. The significance was heightened by the fact that the Supercopa was held at Al-Awwal Park, the home ground of Ronaldo’s club, Al-Nassr. Vinícius expressed his admiration for Ronaldo, stating, “The celebration was for Cris. He’s my idol, and he’s playing here now… I’m very happy with what we did today.”
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez lauded Vinícius’ exceptional performance, praising his consistency and work ethic. Pérez jokingly remarked that he has requested Vinícius to score more frequently, acknowledging the player’s phenomenal efforts in every game.
Amidst the celebration, Pérez also commended coach Carlo Ancelotti, who recently extended his contract with the club. Pérez emphasized the seamless fit between Real Madrid and Ancelotti, refraining from discussions about potential transfers, particularly the rumored move for Kylian Mbappé. Pérez highlighted the success of the current squad, emphasizing the fans’ focus on their players and expressing satisfaction with the team’s performance.
The Supercopa final marked a milestone for Ancelotti, surpassing Zinedine Zidane in games managed as Real Madrid coach, reaching 264 games. Additionally, Ancelotti drew level with Zidane in trophies won at the club, both boasting 11 titles. Ancelotti praised Vinícius’ outstanding performance, noting his return to top form after a few challenging games. The coach highlighted Vinícius’ adaptability, particularly against formidable defenders like Ronald Araújo, and praised his strategic positioning that contributed to the hat trick.
Real Madrid’s dominant display in the Supercopa Clásico not only secured a significant title but also showcased the team’s unity and determination. Vinícius Júnior’s standout performance underscored his growing influence on the pitch, making him a key player for Real Madrid’s ongoing pursuit of success in domestic and international competitions.
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By- Sahiba Suri