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Rodrygo does the samba dance with Vinicius Jr after putting Real Madrid 1-0 up against Atletico

Josh Lawless

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Rodrygo does the samba dance with Vinicius Jr after putting Real Madrid 1-0 up against Atletico

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr did their traditional samba dance and stuck it to the haters after going 1-0 up against Atletico Madrid.

Rodrygo opened the scoring after a fine flowing move at the Wanda Metropolitano, producing a fine half-volley finished following a glorious lofted pass from Aurelien Tchouameni.

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And immediately he and compatriot Vinicius proceeded to thrust their hips and dance away.


The celebration is a trademark one for Vinicius but he was subjected to criticism from Pedro Bravo, president of the Spanish agents association.

He claimed that the former Flamengo youngster was not respecting his opponents with his dancing and compared his antics to that of a monkey. 

In response, Vinicius said critics were irritated by seeing a "victorious black Brazilian in Europe" and vowed to continue celebrating in the same way.

He received plenty of support from Brazil teammates like Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, the latter doing the same dance as Vinicius when he scored for Arsenal against Brentford

However, Vinicius was unfortunately the victim of vile racist chants outside the stadium from a group of Atleti supporters prior to the derby.

They were captured chanting, "You are a monkey, Vinícius, you are a monkey".

Bravo, meanwhile, issued an apology for his comments, claiming the expression he used was not intended to be racist.

"I want to clarify that the expression 'playing the monkey' that I have misused to qualify Vinicius' goal celebration dance was done metaphorically," he said.

"Since my intention was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologise. I am sorry!"

Vinicius had a huge hand in Real's second goal, darting in behind and hitting the post before Federico Valverde gobbled up the rebound.


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Featured Image Credit: Image: ITV

Topics: Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo

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