Shockwaves were sent through the footballing world when Vinicius Junior, age 16, moved to Real Madrid for almost £40 million.
Fans are certainly aware that transfer fees are rising in the ‘beautiful game,’ but so much money for a player who’d barely made his professional debut was really something else.
So far, though, Los Blancos’ massive risk has been justified and Vinicius quickly restored their faith with a brilliant season at Flamengo last year.
Nevertheless, many expected him to go out on loan once again this season and fans were shocked that Real Madrid fully took him on board for 2018-19.
Under Julen Lopetegui, he spent the majority of his time playing for Real Madrid Castilla and only accumulated 15 minutes of game-time with the senior team.
VINICIUS MAKES HIS FULL DEBUT
Even those small cameos in the famous white jersey impressed, though, and the club’s poor form certainly suggested that he deserved a bigger chance.
And it seems the change in management might have inspired just that with Vinicius receiving his first start for the Copa del Rey clash with Melilla.
It certainly wasn’t a premier fixture, yet still a promising sign of faith from interim boss Santiago Solari.
REAL MADRID FANS RATE HIS PERFORMANCE
That’s all and well good, but how did Vinicius get on? In short, very well.
By the time the final whistle was approaching, he was gliding past opposition defenders and even creating chances with a rabona cross.
As a result, Real Madrid fans were utterly convinced that he should have been given more game-time during the final days of Lopetegui’s reign. Check out the reaction below: