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Vinicius Jr breaks down in tears during press conference after being asked about racism

Vinicius Jr breaks down in tears during press conference after being asked about racism

Vinicius Jr spoke about the racism that he has suffered ahead of Brazil's friendly match against Spain.

Vinicius Junior broke down in tears as he spoke about the racism he has cruelly suffered in some Spanish stadiums.

Vinicius Jr started in attack as Brazil beat England 1-0 at Wembley Stadium last weekend.

The five-time World Cup winners return to action on Tuesday when they play Spain at the iconic Bernabeu.

Ahead of the Real Madrid superstar playing on his home ground for his national team, he was asked about the sickening racism that he has suffered in La Liga.

However, after a few questions on the topic, the 23-year-old was reduced to tears in a hugely emotional moment.

During his pre-match press conference, he told reporters: "Verbal racism happens not only in Spain, but also throughout the world. Every day I go home I feel sadder. Nobody is supporting me.

"Sorry, I just want to play football, do everything for my club and my family."

Vinicius Jr added: "With each complaint I feel worse, but I have to appear here and show my face. I have asked for help from UEFA, FIFA, Conmebol and CBF, which are large groups and can fight against that."

Referencing legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the Brazilian said: "Now I understand more about racism, I have studied it, that is why I speak with such propriety. Muhammad Ali was an example, and I am here to speak on behalf of Brazilians. Because many defend me in this."

Vinicius Jr has been the subject of vile taunts during his time at Real, but he has never thought about leaving the club to escape the racist abuse.

"I have never thought about leaving Spain, because that would be giving the racists what they want. I'm not going to leave the best club in the world," he said defiantly. "The racists are a minority; I'm going to remain firm and strong because the president and the club support me."

Vinicius Jr is enjoying another prolific campaign following his heroics last season.

He has an impressive 18 goals in all competitions for Real this term.

Featured Image Credit: El Mundo

Topics: Vinicius Jr, Football, Brazil