Real Madrid CF travel to Amsterdam to face AFC Ajax for their first Champions League knockout stage tie without Cristiano Ronaldo since his departure to Juventus.
Los Blancos have been awaiting the heir to Ronaldo’s throne and they may have found that player in Vinicius Jr.
The 18-year-old has played a key role in Madrid’s revival over recent weeks and fans have noticed that he has replaced the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in his customary Champions League away photo.
Vinicius Jr replaces Cristiano Ronaldo in customary Casimero-Marcelo photo
Vinicius takes the place of Cristiano in the customary Champions League away trip photo with Casemiro and Marcelo… https://t.co/hk04rY9KF6
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) February 12, 2019
HOLY SH*T it’s official…. pic.twitter.com/idb2VgF6vF
— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) February 12, 2019
Whether the photo was intentional or not from Real Madrid, Vinicius is a player Los Blancos have exceptionally high-hopes for.
Supporters have noticed that the Brazilian has taken Ronaldo’s place in his customary Champions League away trip photo with Casemiro and Marcelo.
The forward has made just two Champions League appearances for Madrid but could face Ajax having started in the club’s previous 11 games.
Can Vinicius Jr become the next Cristiano Ronaldo?
The Brazilian has impressed upon his previous two outings for Madrid helping them to a draw with FC Barcelona and a win over Atletico Madrid.
He appears to be finally finding his feet in the Spanish capital since arriving last summer.
Madrid shelled out £38 million to land him, demonstrating the hype surrounding the former Flamengo star.
He is a player who is deemed as one of the best young talents in the world and Madrid will be pleased with his flashes of brilliance over the past few weeks.
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