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Joga Bonito means to "play beautiful" in Portuguese and Vinicius Jr exuded the phrase with a special showing against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night.
Real won 1-0 through a solitary strike from Karim Benzema at the end of first half. But it was Vinicius who lit up the Santiago Bernabeu with some dazzling skills.
Poor Oscar De Marcos was slipping and sliding all over the place as he tried to get close to the Brazilian, who was constantly changing direction.
In the first half, one deft dummy sent back to the shops and saw him stumble to the turf.
O que Vinicius fez aqui, foi uma malvadeza sem tamanho.pic.twitter.com/JYjjTe9gVN— Real Madrid Brasil (@RealBrasil_BR) December 2, 2021
And then in the second half, the Spaniard was having a tough old time once again when Vinicius's touch inside left him on the deck for a second time.
The former Flamengo man followed that up by rinsing Nico Williams, brother of Inaki, with a pass to Benzema that was straight out of FIFA street.
PUTAIN DE BORDEL DE MERDE VINICIUS JUNIOR T’ES PHÉNOMÉNAL pic.twitter.com/N0xCFINE6m— 🥲 (@vachekeery) December 1, 2021
Real paid a whopping €46 million for Vinicius when he was just 18 but now 21, he is enjoying his most productive season with Los Blancos.
He's got 11 goals and seven assists in 20 appearances and notched an absolute thunderbolt of a winner against Sevilla on Sunda.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti believes he's on his way to achieving greatness.
"What surprises me about Vinicius is the quality he has in scoring goals," Ancelotti said, as per the Daily Mail.
"His individual quality isn't a surprise, I knew he was strong in his dribbling, in one-one-ones, with his pace, but he's surprising everyone now with his capacity to score.
"Vinicius today showed a quality that I don't think he's ever shown before.
'It's another step he takes to be one of the best in the world. The important thing is he focused on being efficient. When the chance comes, you have to take it.'"
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