VINICIUS JR WAS OFFICIALLY UNVEILED BY REAL MADRID ON FRIDAY AFTER COMPLETING HIS HUGE TRANSFER FROM FLAMENGO IN BRAZIL.
The 18-year-old signed for Madrid years ago for 45 million euros ($52.68M), in a deal that became official after his 18th birthday on July 12, 2018.
His unveiling comes after the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo left the Bernabeu to join Juventus after nine trophy-laden years at the club.
Vinicius was accompanied on his trip to Madrid by compatriot and former Real player Ronaldo, who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.
“Vinicius is a player with a lot of quality and talent. He’s the biggest prospect for the future of Brazilian football,” said Ronaldo.
And the player, dubbed the new Neymar, said he was ready to seize his chance on the biggest stage.
“This is the best opportunity a football player could have,” said the youngster who joined Flamengo at age 10.
“I’m going to sacrifice a lot to show that I deserve this opportunity,” he said at his presentation alongside Madrid president Florentino Perez.
“Even at this age (18) I’ll show the coach and my teammates that I’m ready to play, ready to do whatever is necessary”.
Perez said he had the highest hope for the youngster.
“We believe that he’s called to be one of the greatest of this new era that is approaching. We’re convinced that he’s one of those players who will mark the future in a very special way.”