Vinícius Júnior

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Vinícius Júnior
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Vinícius Jr. with Flamengo in the 2018 Copa Libertadores
Personal information
Full name Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior
Date of birth (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth São Gonçalo, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 28
Youth career
2005–2017 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Flamengo 37 (7)
2018– Real Madrid Castilla 5 (4)
2018– Real Madrid 13 (2)
National team
2015–2016 Brazil U15 10 (7)
2016–2017 Brazil U17 19 (17)
2018– Brazil U20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:02, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior (born 12 July 2000), commonly known as Vinícius Júnior or Vinícius Jr (Brazilian Portuguese: [viˈnisjus ˈʒũɲoʁ]),[2] is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid.

Born in the São Gonçalo, a city in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, Vinícius began his professional career at Flamengo, where he made his senior debut in May 2017, at age 16, and finished the campaign by helping the team win the Campeonato Carioca. A few weeks later, Vinícius was the subject of a transfer to La Liga club Real Madrid, for whom he signed for in a national record for an U-18 player, R$195 million (46 million) deal, which was made effective after his 18th birthday.[3]

In June 2017, Vinicius appeared at 39th place on The Telegraph's list of the best under-21 players in the world. He was the only player playing in South America at the time to appear on the list.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

The son of a poor family, Vinícius involvement in football began in 2006, when his father took him to one of Flamengo's scouting branches in the Mutuá neighborhood close to São Gonçalo. Initially excelling at the club's futsal trials after training at Canto do Rio, he gave up the sport after declining a spot on the Flamengo roster, and focused on football. He would pass the club's trials in August 2010, and was signed to their academy.[5]

Soon after, he moved to Abolição with one of his uncles, in order to be closer to the Ninho do Urubu (the "Vultures' Nest"), Flamengo's primary training ground.[5]


Vinícius debuted for Flamengo on 13 May 2017 as an 82nd-minute substitute in a Brazilian Série A 1–1 draw against Atlético Mineiro.[6][7] Two days later he extended his contract with the club from 2019 until 2022, with a significant salary increase and a buyout clause increase from €30 million to €45 million.[8] This contract renewal was reported as being part of the transfer process of Vinícius to Real Madrid, an agreement reached between the two clubs in Gávea that week with an obligation to sell the young player in July 2018.[9]

On 10 August 2017, Vinícius scored the first professional goal of his career in a Copa Sudamericana second round leg 2 match against Palestino in a 5–0 win for Flamengo. He scored one goal, 30 seconds after being substituted on in the 72nd minute. On 19 August 2017, Vinícius scored his first Brazilian Série A goals for Flamengo, in a 2–0 win against Atlético Goianiense.[10][11][12][13][14]

Real Madrid[edit]

On 23 May 2017, Spanish club Real Madrid signed a contract to acquire Vinícius, effective after his 18th birthday on 12 July 2018 (as age 18 is the minimum age for international transfer).[3] He transferred for a reported fee of €46 million, which was at the time, the second most expensive sale of a player in the history of Brazilian football (behind only Neymar), the largest amount received by a Brazilian club for a transfer (Neymar had cost Barcelona €86 million but Santos only received €17 million), and the highest amount ever paid by a club for a footballer under the age of 19.[15][16] He was originally scheduled to return to Brazil on loan in July 2018.[3]

On 20 July 2018, Madrid officially presented Vinícius as a Real Madrid player.[17] He was issued squad number 28.[18] He made his debut on 29 September 2018, coming in as an 87th minute substitute in a goalless draw against Atlético Madrid,[19] becoming the first-ever Madrid senior player to be born after the turn of the millennium.[20] Vinícius made his first start on 31 October in a 4–0 Copa del Rey away victory against Melilla,[21] contributing with an assist for both Marco Asensio and Álvaro Odriozola in what Marca recognised as a Man of the Match performance.[18] He scored his first goal on 3 November, 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 victory against Real Valladolid.[22] He scored 4 goals between his debut on 29 September 2018 and 7 February 2019.[23]

International career[edit]

On 30 October 2015, Vinicius Júnior was called up for Brazil by coach Guilherme Dalla Déa for the South America Under-15 Championship. Vinícius and Brazil won the under-15 title and he was the 2nd top-scorer of the tournament with 6 goals.

On 24 June 2016, Vinícius was called up for a friendly against Chile and scored two goals and provided two assists in the 4–2 victory.

In March 2017, Vinícius debuted in the Under-17 South American Championship for Brazil with a goal in a 3–0 victory over Peru.[24] In the final stage, he scored two goals in a 3–0 win over Ecuador and two goals in a 3–0 victory over Colombia, securing Brazil's place in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, where Brasil under-17, without Vinícius, eventually would become third.[25][26] Vinícius was not allowed to go due to a decision between his club Flamengo and Real Madrid. Later it was also revealed that Vinicius Junior was going to be the star of the tournament, but that there was an agreement that stated he would go if Flamengo won the cup in Brazil and that did not happen. [27]

After leading Brazil to win the Under-17 South American Championship, Vinícius Júnior was named the tournament's best player and was top goal-scorer with 7 goals.[28]

Style of play[edit]

Shortly after his arrival at Real in July 2018, ESPN journalist Dermot Corrigan described Vinícius as a "zippy left winger or second striker".[29] In November 2018, former Argentina international frontman José Luis Calderón credited Vinícius' "general enthusiasm, his ability to make things happen, the joy and good vibrations he transmits, his speed, the fact he's different and the fact he's daring. To sum up, he has a spark that could be used by a team that has been plain in recent matches".[30]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 17 February 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 2017 Série A 25 3 4 0 7[a] 1 1[b] 0 37 4
2018 12 4 2 0 5[c] 2 13[d] 4 32 10
Total 37 7 6 0 12 3 14 4 69 14
Real Madrid Castilla 2018–19 Segunda División B 5 4 5 4
Real Madrid 2018–19 La Liga 13 2 7 2 3 0 1 0 24 4
Total 55 13 13 2 15 3 15 4 98 22
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana.
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Primeira Liga of Brazil.
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores.
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in Campeonato Carioca.

1 Includes UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.




Real Madrid


Brazil Youth




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  12. ^ "Da atuação relâmpago aos 90 minutos: Vinicius Júnior é protagonista pela 1ª vez". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 20 August 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Emelec x Flamengo - Taça Libertadores 2018 -". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  14. ^ "New Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior in tears after playing final game for Flamengo". Sport360. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Real Madrid sign 16-year-old Vinícius Júnior from Flamengo for £39.6m". the Guardian. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Real Madrid sign Vinicius Junior from Flamengo for reported £38m fee". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Vinicius Jr. presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu". Real Madrid C.F. 20 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b Siguero, Santiago; McTear, Euan (1 November 2018). "Vinicius makes his case for regular minutes". Marca. Madrid: Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Fabulous Madrid derby has everything but goals". 29 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Vinicius Junior makes Real Madrid history in derby cameo". 29 September 2018.
  21. ^ Bell, Arch (31 October 2018). "Vinicius reignites Real: Brazilian leads way as Solari era starts with Copa win at Melilla". Marca. Madrid: Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
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  23. ^ "Vinicius Junior: Who is the teenager Real Madrid fans adore?". 7 February 2019 – via
  24. ^ "CONMEBOL – SUB 17 CHILE 2017 FASE INICIAL GRUPO B – FECHA 1". 24 February 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  25. ^ "CONMEBOL – SUB 17 CHILE 2017 FASE FINAL – FECHA 3". 13 March 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  26. ^ "CONMEBOL – SUB 17 CHILE 2017 FASE FINAL – FECHA 4". 16 March 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Vinicius Junior will not go to Under-17 World Cup". 29 September 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Vinicius y un protagonismo estratégico". 20 March 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  29. ^ "International Champions Cup: Future stars of top Premier League, European clubs". ESPN FC. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  30. ^ Calderón, José Luis (1 November 2018). "Vinicius is a genuine threat". Marca. Madrid: Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

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