Saturday , June 19 2021

Real Madrid news: Vinicius Junior is special and can fill Cristiano Ronaldo void, says Brazil legend Cafu

Teenage Brazilian forward has been backed by a compatriot to help Blancos counteract the loss of his all-time leading goal shooter

Vinicius Junior is a "special" talent and is "the best candidate in football" to get into Cristiano Ronaldo's shoes at Real Madrid, "said Cafu.

Blancos saw a Talisman presence for the Santiago Bernabeu exits in the summer, with five Balloons d & # 39; Or and a record as the club's all-time leading goalkeeper with him.

Filling up the void will never be easy, even for a team charged with international superstars and favors a "Galactico" recruitment policy.

Nobody has gone up to the plate yet, with Ronaldo still proving to be a big miss, but Real is considered to be boasted with a potential world blocker on his books.

Vinicius was acquired from Flamengo for $ 46 million ($ 41 million / $ 52 million) and, in just 18 years, has offered enough to convince a second Brazilian that he could be a keyman in Madrid.

World Cup winner Cafu told Fox Sports Mexico: "Vinicius is not a star at Real Madrid at the moment, but he's coming soon.

"Nobody can ever really replace Cristiano Ronaldo because he was unique, a single who created an incredible legacy of success in the club.

"But what I see in Vinicius is also special, I think he is the best candidate in football to replace Cristiano and to conquer the world with Madrid.

"There must be a lot of patience from others and a lot of hard work.

"Vinicius will triumph on Real Madrid, but he is not a star yet. He can not be compared now to Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano is Cristiano, with the whole story [he has] at Real Madrid. He conquered everything there, says Cafu.

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"Vinicius has it all [it takes] to follow in his footsteps. He may be the new Cristiano, but he has to sleep a lot for it to happen. "

Vinicius has so far been awarded five outings to Real, and is recording his first goal for the club in a La Liga conflict with Real Valladolid.

He has previously expressed his disappointment in losing his chance to play with Ronaldo in the Spanish capital, but is trying to make his own brand in Madrid.

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