Vinicius Junior has experienced his fair share of critics at Real Madrid in recent months, and revealed how he deals with it.
Playing for ‘the biggest club in the world’ always comes at a price, with critics being part of the package. But Vinicius has learned to shut out criticism from those who don’t matter to him.
The 20-year-old has struggled to build on his impressive debut campaign in 2018/19, having made just 25 starts in LaLiga under Zinedine Zidane since then. Although he has made the line-up in half of Real Madrid’s league fixtures this season.
“I always think about those who want the best for me – family, people at the club, colleagues like Marcelo and Casemiro, the type who put me on the right path,” Vinicius told the YouTube channel Desimpedidos.
“It is all part of being a member of the biggest club in the world. When we lose they talk about us, and when we win, it is something else.”
A lackluster performance in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach led Karim Benzema to tell Ferland Mendy to not pass the ball to Vinicius at the break, prompting rumors of unrest in the squad.
In response to these rumors, Vinicius said: “I have a good relationship with Benzema,”
“Also, Lucas Vazquez. I talk a lot with them off the field. There’s also [Luka] Modric, who I sit with at lunchtime.”
Real Madrid will return to action on Sunday night for a trip to Valencia in LaLiga.