When Vinicius picks up the ball, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu crowd gets on the edge of their seats.
It’s true that he still has work to do when it comes to his contribution in terms of goals, but he leads the way with his attacking contribution almost every time he touches the ball.
Just like last February, Vinicius is smiling and, while he isn’t a regular starter in the line-up, he’s making an important impact.
Against Real Zaragoza, he was Los Blancos’ best player and topped off the performance with a goal, while in the derby against Atletico Madrid he again showed why his presence on the pitch matters in the second half.
The 19-year-old takes players on and, in football, that is priceless.
There are very few dribblers at the highest level of football these days and Real Madrid have one of the best.
Each time he got the ball, he caused chaos in the Atletico defence as there is no kind of order that can control Vinicius, who set up Ferland Mendy in the build-up to the winner.
It was with that move that Vinicius won the Madrid derby.
The numbers show his impact, with the most dribbles, completing five out of seven, and the most fouls against him of any player, despite only playing 45 minutes.
Defenders know that they have to take him down or they are lost and that is how Karim Benzema‘s goal came about.
Vinicius knows he needs to work on his numbers in attack, but he celebrated his pass to Mendy as if he had beaten Jan Oblak himself.
The Bernabeu enjoys him, even if there aren’t many of his goals to celebrate, and they believe in him.
Vinicius is ahead of Rodrygo Goes and Gareth Bale in Zidane‘s plans and it come at a good time as Eden Hazard is nearing his return from injury.