Vinicius Junior has matured. Undaunted by severe racism, he has decided to stay at Real Madrid and fight to the end.
European soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted on March 23, “Vinicius has no intention of leaving Real Madrid. Real have no intention of letting him go either,” he said, adding that a new contract until 2027 is expected to be announced soon.
“Real and Vinicius will fight racism together. Vinicius has only one goal. He has only one goal: to fight racism in Spain.”
Recently, Vinicius was brought to tears by a serious case of racism. During a league match against Valencia on April 22, he was called a “monkey” by Valencia fans.
Enraged, Vinicius approached the crowd and got into an argument. The referee and Valencia captain Jose Gaya rushed over and asked the crowd to stop, but they threw lighters and other objects at him. Eventually, Vinicius broke down in tears.
After the game, messages from around the world condemned Valencia. “How many times do we have to see this young player go through this? La Liga is doing nothing to help him,” criticized English soccer legend Rio Ferdinand.
France and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe added: “Vinicius, you are not alone. We will all be with you and support you.” 스포츠토토
Brazil, Vinicius’ home country, showed its support for him by turning off the lights on a statue of Jesus Christ for an hour.
“Thank you for this touching act of solidarity. I want to inspire and shed more light on our struggle,” he said, adding, “I will not give up. I will not give up and I will not allow future generations to face similar situations.”
Meanwhile, La Liga president Javier Tebas tried to explain what La Liga is doing to combat racism, but Vinicius was not present twice. He should look at his own behavior before criticizing and insulting the league,” he said.
It was a situation that could have turned ugly, but Vinicius handled it maturely. Instead of leaving, he decided to stay and fight to the end.