Former Barca legend wants to give Ballon d’Or to Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr – Sport.fr

2002 world champion, the Brazilian Rivaldo believes that Vinicius Jr (23 years old, Real Madrid) has everything to establish himself as a credible candidate for the Ballon d’Or. Brazilian solidarity therefore has no limits. Despite his good season, the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé (25 years old) and the Englishman Jude Bellingham (20 years old) seem to have a head start.

Like many young South American players who arrived in Europe at a young age, Vinicius Jr (23) experienced a difficult period of adaptation after joining Real Madrid. A delicate moment from which the Brazilian was able to overcome thanks to a lot of work and the help of his teammates. Today among the best players on the planet, he is the symbol of the new Madrid generation and one of the major players in winning the Spanish championship title this season (24 matches, 13 goals). And be careful, it’s not just in the championship that Vinicius Jr shines. He also expresses his talent in the Champions League. With 5 goals scored and 5 assists delivered in 8 matches during this campaign, he took his team to the semi-final and can still hope to lift the second big-eared cup of his career. Eloquent statistics for the Brazilian international which could perhaps allow him to take first place in the Ballon d’Or.

Figures which do not leave the 2002 Brazilian world champion, Rivaldo, indifferent, who spoke about him in an interview with the media Betfair. “He has been one of the main players for his team this season, showing a lot of desire. The team has adapted to the way they play and they are an excellent candidate to win the Ballon d’Or if Real Madrid win the Champions League.”. Even if the words of the 2003 European champion are laudatory, it is important to remember that the Madrid native is not the favorite.

Tough competition

In front of the Brazilian striker, two players stand out. His English teammate Jude Bellingham is having a huge first season with Real Madrid. (38 matches, 22 goals) and his probable future French teammate Kylian Mbappé who shines with 43 goals in 45 matches. Indeed Vinicius will have to achieve a cannonball end of the season to hope to get this reward. But nothing is decided, the end of the Champions League, the Euro and the Copa America will be the arbiters of this battle. Suspense…

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