‘I Know My Qualities’: Soon-to-Be Madrid Starlet Vinicius Says He Has No Fear Over Upcoming Move

La Liga giants Real Madriid certainly left the masses surprised after agreeing a €43m move to bring in an unproven youngster from Brazil before he even made a first-team start. But they must know something other clubs don’t.

Los Blancos are expected to sign 17-year-old Flamengo forward Vinicius soon, although the timeline is still unclear.

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The player recently opened up on his impending move to Spain in an interview with Sport TV, and insisted that he was unperturbed by the magnitude of it all, despite Real being one of the biggest clubs in world football.

“I’m not afraid, I know my qualities and I know how far I can go,” he declared. “With the help of everyone at Flamengo and my family, I know I will fulfill my dreams.

“The people around me help me keep myself at peace.”

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Although he knows his days at Flamengo are numbered, the attacker says he’s only focused on the Brazilian side at the moment and wants to ensure that he’s ready when Madrid finally come calling.

“For now I’m only thinking about Flamengo, because until July anything can happen,” he added. “I have to learn a lot with people like Juan and Diego.

“I want to gain enough experience so that when the time comes, I’m prepared. I’m living every moment here as if it’s my last because I don’t know when they are going to take me.

“I met Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Casemiro, all the players I see in video games. I got to know them and it gave me a lot of joy.”

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Monaco VP Vadim Vasilyev Claims PSG Wonderkid Kylian Mbappe Snubbed Real Madrid in the Summer

​Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev has claimed that 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe rejected an offer to join ​Real Madrid from Monaco in the summer, despite Los Blancos matching Paris Saint-Germain‘s offer for the French superstar.

All eyes were on the striking prodigy last season as he tore through teams in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, and it looked a formality that he would join a star studded outfit at the Bernabeu, as Zinedine Zidane’s newest galactico.

However, PSG swooped and secured the player on loan with a view to buy next season for £166m. Real Madrid have since had a turbulent term and are currently placed a seemingly insurmountable 19 points behind rivals ​Barcelona.

Vardim Vasilyev claims that Mbappe wished to join PSG over the 12-time European champions as he felt he would get more game time at the Parc des Princes, despite being a huge admirer of Los Blancos.

“Real Madrid offered the same amount as the PSG,” Vasilyev said on the Duga program, directed by former French international Christian Dugarry on Radio Montecarlo (via ​Marca).

“I have always been clear and I won’t hide it, but I don’t like strengthening a direct competitor… I wouldn’t have done it, but I respected Kylian and his family’s wishes.”

Mbappe’s league leaders square off against the defending champions;​ in the first round of Champions League knockouts in February in a mouthwatering clash at the Bernabeu.

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Why Florentino Perez’s Mistakes Over a Decade Ago Could Spell the End of Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid

​”Zidanes y Pavones“, or in today’s terms Los Galacticos, was a vision crafted by Spanish businessman Florentino Perez 18 years ago on the dawn of a new age for Real Madrid. 

The ideology that a club, who ironically oppose an establishment donning the mantra “mes que un club”, could rule supreme while offering a sample of both otherworldly alien stars as well as homegrown talent. 

This mandate, in addition to a promise to rectify Los Blancos’ financial troubles as the 

Millennium drew closer, was the crux of Perez’s manifesto which finally secured him the 

Santiago Bernabeu presidency at the second time of asking. 

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Luis Figo was the first to become a modern day Alfredo Di Stefano as he switched Catalonia for the capital in a world-record deal, a strategic move which was as much about psychology as providing then-manager Vicente del Bosque with a world-renowned orchestrator. 

The Spaniard had taken the first step on his path of overseeing footballing dominance, proving to each of his voters and the Madridistas that predecessor Lorenzo Sanz’s reign was now simply a speck of history. 

However, it did not stop there. Perez’s innate drive to become all-conquering saw the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham sport the gleaming white, all the while still maintaining the heritage of “Pavones”

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The Spaniard’s globetrotter methodology saw instant success, claiming La Liga and the Supercopa in his first 12 months of office, before adding the Champions League, European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup the following season. 

It seemed the golden trail for this golden generation was to be never ending for Los Merengues, who yielded another league title and Supercopa the term following. However, then came the poisoned fruit. 

Zidanes y Pavones” was derived from Zidane and Francisco Pavon, a defender from the production line of La Fabrica (The Factory). 

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While the idea of a balanced mix of homegrown, “Pavones”, and names that sell shirts, Zidanes”, seemed to flourish in its adolescence, maturing and maintaining the proposition was another issue. 

An imbalance across the XI due to Perez’s shortsightedness catalysed an unprecedented modern-day barren spell in the Bernabeu, resulting in four years from 2003 to 2007 without domestic silverware and failing to reach beyond the last 16 of the Champions League for seven consecutive seasons. 

Fast forward to January 2016. Zidane has been appointed as Rafa Benitez’s replacement at the top table of Los Blancos. Just six months later Europe’s biggest club prize is his. Then again the next year, although this time alongside it the Spanish title, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup. 

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Again, the trend continues, this season’s Uefa Super Cup, Fifa Club World Cup and the Supercopa, however, that is where the book stops, and will most likely do so for the remainder of the term.

There will be no Copa del Rey in Madrid this summer, nor, unless a drastic turnaround, a league title, but we have been here before, just over a decade ago, have we not? 

While the mid-2000 failings fell upon the failure of a “Pavones” generation, today it is the Zidanes” who hold the secret. Los Galacticos is not a phrase adjacent to the modern-day Los Vikingos, simply because they are not a minority, aside from one. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the face of Los Blancos. A marketing extravaganza in itself. The one man who has his fragrance circling the pitch-side advertising hoardings as he struggles to find form on it.   

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However, could it be here where the problem lies? 

Perez’s resilience was an uncomprehendingly grand factor in his phoenix’s rise from the ashes 11 years ago, but the businessman is not naive enough to make the same mistake twice. 

Yes, Ronaldo has pulling power like no other on the planet within the footballing world, surpassing that on a brand level of even Lionel Messi or Neymar, however the president must now decipher which is more important for the longevity of his beloved Madrid.

Over the next six to 12 months, Perez could be embarking on a time which defines his legacy in the eyes of the Madridistas, and he will face one decision more difficult than any other. 

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Simply, Ronaldo, or no Ronaldo? 

While the former maintains the brand’s new levels of esteem around the globe, with it also comes a repeat of the oft-told shadows from a decade ago. The latter, meanwhile, offers the opportunity to rebuild, to return to type and to regain Perez’s Zidanes y Pavones” heritage. 

By no means is Ronaldo a spent force, however, should Perez put into practice mistakes learnt from history, his day in the Madrid sun could soon be coming to an end. 


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Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Open to the Idea of Summer Move to Chelsea

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly open to the idea of a summer move to Premier League champions  Chelsea.

According to the Mirror, the Portuguese star is said to be unhappy at the Bernabeu and would be open to the idea of a move back to England. The report claims that Ronaldo could be used in a deal to bring Belgian Eden Hazard to Spain. 

Speculation has surrounded Ronaldo all season long, especially with the former  Manchester United man struggling in front of goal this campaign with only 20 goals in all competitions – pretty low by his standards.

There has been talk for years now of Ronaldo returning to the Premier League and it seems quite unlikely that the Portuguese forward would be making a comeback anytime soon. With 426 goals in 420 games for Madrid, Ronaldo is a cult hero at Madrid and has recently dismissed rumors of a move away from the Bernabeu.

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 After a successful two years under Zinedine Zidane, Madrid seem to be hitting a block in the road – with a major upheaval expected in the summer. 

Madrid currently sit fourth in La Liga, 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.


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Lionel Messi Takes Another Record Away From Cristiano Ronaldo With Winning Barcelona Free-Kick

​A Monday morning in my life nowadays seems to be pretty much set in stone. Get up, breakfast, shower, walk the dog and then write about how Lionel Messi reached another milestone over the weekend. 

Well, today, once again, is no different. 

During Barcelona’s comeback win, which saw opponents Deportivo Alaves take a shock lead midway through the first half through former Manchester City flop John Guidetti before Luis Suarez evened things up with just under 20 minutes to go, the Argentine wizard of course had to have his say in proceedings. 

Despite a below par performance from the Blaugrana, including full debutant Philippe Coutinho, Ernesto Valverde’s side claimed yet another three points in their pursuit of La Liga title, and they had Messi to thank for it. 

With just over five minutes remaining on the clock, the 30-year-old was offered the opportunity to slot the ball past helpless goalkeeper Fernando Pachecho from a 20-yard free-kick, and although arguably the greatest player to have ever lived recently claimed his motivation is solely team based, he will take great pride in securing another personal milestone. 

With the converted dead-ball, according to ​OptaJose, the attacking maestro overtook rival Cristiano Ronaldo with the highest number of goals from a direct free-kick in La Liga since the 2003/04 season; 21 to 20. 

However, as well as that, Messi’s finish marked his 20th in the Spanish top-flight this campaign, a remarkable 10th consecutive year he has reached that feat, and considering he has not scored less than 23 times in the league since the 2008/09 term, I can see my Monday mornings continuing in the same vein for some time. 


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PSG Talisman Neymar Dismisses Talk of Summer Exit Despite Strong Rumours Linking Star to Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar has dismissed rumours that he’s eyeing up a summer exit to Real Madrid, claiming that his star quality makes it inevitable that he will be subject to transfer speculation.

Speaking after his side’s comprehensive 4-0 victory over Montpellier, via SPORTV, the tenacious Brazilian faced questions over a potential summer move away from the Parisian giants, despite only joining the club at the start of the season. The former Barcelona ace said:

“There was no such thing (a suggestion of leaving PSG. I’m happy here with my teammates, with the games. I have good games, number of goals too. That’s what I came here for, to make history, to seek my best. 

“Speculation will always exist. In my years in Barcelona it was the same. Every year in the transfer window there was something with my name. It is impossible to stay out of it. And I’m happy, because it means I’m okay, on the rise. And quality players are always speculated, It’s not just me in the world of football, but nowadays we only talk about me. What can I do?”

Neymar scored twice as his side cruised to yet another comfortable victory on Saturday, with their star talent proving too much for their opposition to handle. The game also saw Edinson Cavani overtake Zlatan Ibrahimović as the club’s all-time record goalscorer, with the popular Uruguayan celebrating wildly with the home fans after netting his 157th goal in five seasons.

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With his side now 11 points clear at the top of the table, it seems hard to imagine that anyone will stand a chance of stopping Neymar from winning the Ligue Un title in his first season in France. The mega-rich club are also through to the first knock-out round of the Champions League, and will face Real Madrid in a tantalising last 16 tie in February and March.

In other news, PSG midfielder Javier Pastore has admitted that he could well leave the club in January, but has ruled out a move to the Premier League. The Argentine ace has been forced to play an impact substitute role for his side this season, and has openly admitted that he is weighing-up a possible return to Serie A – having previously played for Palermo before joining Les Parisiens.


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PSG Owner Insists Neymar Will Not Be Signing for Real Madrid Despite Ongoing Speculation

​The president of Paris Saint-Germain has moved to deny any truth to reports that Neymar will leave the club to sign for Real Madrid.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi is growing tired of stories linking his prized asset away from the club, and has insisted he is ‘2000% certain’ that the Brazil international will remain with the Ligue 1 leaders.

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Neymar is enjoying a terrific first season with PSG, scoring 26 goals in all competitions already, including four in one game against Dijon recently.

But the winger’s devastating form, coupled with reports of various fallouts with manager Unai Emery and teammate Edinson Cavani, have led to speculation that he is a transfer target of Real Madrid’s.

He may be tearing it up on a personal note, but Neymar has been reported to have brought a negative influence to the dressing room, and has been accused of frustrating his teammates with the special privileges he supposedly receives.

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Despite the continual furore over his antics though, Al-Khelaifi is confident he won’t lose the player. He told L’Equipe (via ​Sky Sports): “When I listen [to the rumours], I smile because it is not true.

“We have Neymar, he is very happy here, he is happy to score. We signed five years here. It’s been four months. I do not think he wants to leave.

“He is a fantastic player. There is a link between him and the fans.The link with Real? It makes me laugh when I listen to that. These are rumours. You ask me to answer rumours. Will he be there 100 per cent next season? Not 100 per cent, at 2000 per cent.”

He was also booed by his own fans for taking a penalty against Dijon – he had already hit a hat-trick in the game and could have passed the ball to Cavani who was one shy of the club record at the time.

Real Madrid, ​4-1 victors over Valencia on Saturday, are supposedly thinking about life after the ‘BBC’, with sub-par main man Cristiano Ronaldo notably turning 33 in a few days’ time.


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Struggling Real Madrid Said to Be Eyeing Pochettino After Champions League Showing

​Real Madrid want to replace Zinedine Zidane with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, because his side gave them so much trouble in the Champions League earlier this season.

The Spanish heavyweights have really struggled this season – despite running out 4-1 winners away at Valencia on Saturday – and look certain to give up their La Liga title to rivals Barcelona, who are coasting at the top of the table.

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Madrid were also recently knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes, meaning the only chance of silverware this season is the Champions League, and it’s looking like Zidane will have to win the competition an unprecedented third time in a row to keep his job – if he is afforded the chance to do so.

But Real officials’ patience is said to be earing thin and, as reported by the ​Mirror, they are keen on hiring Pochettino as a possible replacement for Zidane.

Tottenham were placed in the same group as los Blancos in this season’s Champions League and the Lilywhites took four points off them to win the group – and Real now face the impressive Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 for their troubles.

Pochettino refused to rule out a move when speaking after his side’s ​disappointing draw with Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round, and a source said: “Any coach who holds his own against Madrid is going to be of interest. But the way Spurs played also caught the eye.”

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Zidane has insisted he has received a vote of confidence from the board, but he will undoubtedly be under massive pressure going into the PSG game when it rolls around on February 14.

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Valencia 1-4 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo Penalty Double Inspires Los Blancos to Crucial Victory

Cristiano Ronaldo’s two penalties inspired Real Madrid to get back to winning ways following their midweek loss, as they claimed three vital points in a 1-4 win against Villarreal at the Mestalla Stadium on Saturday.

Martin Montoya was Valencia’s main culprit as his two defensive mistakes virtually cost his side the game. He brought down Ronaldo for the first spot-kick – after a devastating Real counter-attack – before clattering into Karim Benzema for the second. Ronaldo was cool enough to beat Valencia keeper Neto from 12-yard out on each occasion.

The home side halved the deficit just before the hour mark as Santi Mina rose in the box to head Parejo’s deflected cross at goal, steering his effort beyond the reach of Navas into the bottom corner.

Marcelo and Toni Kroos put the game beyond doubt in the dying minutes when their goals put Real into an unassailable 4-1 lead.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane came into this game knowing he was under intense scrutiny after his side crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Leganes.

They came into the game in fourth place in the Primera División, five points behind opponents Valencia and a further 19 points (with a game in hand) behind leaders Barcelona.

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The first ten minutes of the game were tense exchanges and there were signs of nervousness in Los Blancos’ play as Valencia looked assured in possession. Valencia’s set up looked as though they were the away side, as they sat deep, looking to counteract and press Madrid’s potency with their attacking front three.

Real should have taken the lead when they had the first clear-cut chance of the game when Garay clattered into his goalkeeper Neto as he attempted to clear a cross into the box, Bale found the ball fall to his feet and he drilled a strike which was smartly saved by Neto.

Just minutes later Madrid were awarded a penalty after a devastating box-to-box counter attack, which came from a Valencia corner, Ronaldo was fouled by Montoya in the box following a nice passing exchange between Marcelo and Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo stepped up and held his nerve from 12 yards, as he slotted calmly to the keepers left, sending Neto the wrong way. Real were rewarded for their clinical counter.

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Valencia seemed to have grown in confidence since falling behind, however, their continuous pressure on the Real goal wasn’t much to savour.

Instead, it was Los Blancos who doubled their lead seven minutes before half-time as Ronaldo scored his second penalty of the game. The penalty came when Martin Montoya clattered into the back of Karim Benzema as he went up for a header in the box. Ronaldo dispatched – this time to the goalkeeper’s right.

A brace from the penalty spot from Cristiano Ronaldo handed Real Madrid a 2-0 lead at the break, although the scoreline was not a fair reflection of the match as Valencia have been active in the final third, but just couldn’t find that vital breakthrough.

The hosts came out with a bit between their teeth as they followed the incentive that Madrid hadn’t won at their ground since 2013. They were finally rewarded for their efforts before the hour when Santi Mina got up well to head in from Parejo’s corner, steering his effort beyond the reach of Navas.

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The noise levels in the Mestalla grew as Valencia upped the ante in the final third, constantly putting pressure on the Real defence.

However, it was Madrid left-back Marcelo who put the game to bed when the Brazilian played a one-two with Marco Asensio down the left before sliding his shot under Neto.

Toni Kroos decided to rub salt into the Valencia wounds as the German drilled a low effort into the bottom corner, leaving Neto with no chance.

Real Madrid remain fourth in La Liga but move just two points behind Valencia. The result may not change their league position, but it certainly eases a bit of pressure off Zidane after the dominant display at the Mestalla.

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Real Madrid Told to Pay at Least £88m in Ambitious Move for Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah

​La Liga giants Real Madrid have again been linked with an ambitious move to bring Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Notorious Spanish rumourmongers ​Don Balon report that Los Blancos are desperate to bring name in a bid to appease fans in what has been a terrible season for the reigning Primera League and Champions League winners, with Zinedine Zidane’s side sat fourth in the league and recently booted out the Copa del Rey by Leganes. 

Spanish journalist Edu Aguirre believes the move could happen however, with Salah’s agent reportedly seen with Real Madrid chiefs as recently as this month.

He said: “Real Madrid have received a visit from the representative of Liverpool player Mohamed Salah. I’m not saying that they’re going to sign him, I’m just saying that his agent – Ramy Abbas Issa – has been at the Bernabeu.”

Salah only made the move to Anfield this summer, leaving AS Roma for £34.3m and his since gone on the flourish under Jurgen Klopp.

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The Egyptian international had formed a lethal front four with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, before the latter departed for Barcelona, with Salah scoring 18 league goals and providing six assists in just 23 league games.

It seems unlikely that the Reds will let the 25-year-old leave this summer, never mind in January, although ​Don Balon believe Liverpool have placed an £88m price-tag on his head, ​who has even been linked with a potential swap deal involving Gareth Bale going to other way. 

The outlet reports that club president Florentino Perez wants to replace the misfiring trio of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema with the Egyptian, Harry Kane and Neymar, although the fees involved and financial fair-play considerations, a transfer dealing of this magnitude does seem improbable. 


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