Real Madrid raised eyebrows when they shelled out €45m for the acquisition of a player who was yet to turn 18 in 2017. The player spent one more season with Flamengo before finally joining the Spanish giants in 2018. His potential was very much obvious from the beginning, but his limitations were glaring. Vinicius could beat a man so effortlessly that he earned early comparison with Neymar, but his decision-making very often let him down.
Watching him over the years, I have always known that this player could become a world beater, but he needed to add some things to his game. This season, he has been on fire for Real Madrid, and he seems to have added those essential qualities to his game. Below are two qualities that he has added to his game this season that could help him reach his full potential.
The 21-year-old had all the flicks and tricks you could ever imagine, but he lacked the end product. Before the beginning of the 2021/22 season, he had played 118 matches for Real Madrid and that resulted to only 14 goals and 23 assists. Those statistics were feeble and needed improvement, and he has done exactly that this season.
This season, the Brazilian has scored 5 goals from just 6 matches, and he has also chipped in with 2 assists.
Vinicius Jr stats from 2018 – May 2021.
Matches — 118.
Goals — 14.
Assists — 23.
Vinicius Jr stats so far for the 2021/22 season.
Matches — 6.
Goals — 5.
Assists — 2.
A look at the statistics shows that he has added the end product to his game.
2. Better Decision Making.
His decision-making has very frequently let him down, and he has improved significantly on that this season. He seems to have better knowledge of when to pass the ball, when to shoot, when to cross and when to dribble now.
With these new-found qualities that he has added to his game, Vinicius Jr could finally reach the potential that convinced Real Madrid to splash €45m on a player who is yet to turn 18.
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