Not many people are going to the Santiago Bernabeu these days, but those who do are going to see Vinicius. Season ticket holders and those buying tickets on the day are leaving their house because they have to go see him. There are many reasons to stay at home right now, but then they think about the Brazilian and put on their game-day face. Real Madrid are going through a certain moment, but this kid has what the team lacks. There is excitement in his boots, just as there is in the eyes of the Real Madrid fans when they seem him playing like this at just 18 years of age.
It might be an exaggeration or maybe it isn’t, but nobody has had a similar impact since Raul at such an early age. This shirt doesn’t respect anybody and makes the weak feel small, but Vinicius isn’t that type. He has turned the Bernabeu pitch into a Brazilian beach.
Julen Lopetegui closed the door on him because he was raw. With Santiago Solari, he has exploded. At times of crisis you take what you can, but Vinicius is more than that. He has broken down the door and promises a golden future of the highest order. Of course he has to grow, but he’s already there in the here and now.
Spoilsports will say that he doesn’t score enough, but Raul also missed three huge chances away in Zaragoza when younger. When you push and push, they end up going in.
The volley against Leganes will be remembered in the club museum as his first great goal, but others will remember the way he carried the team on his back. He did so last Sunday against Real Sociedad, when he tried to save the world as the apocalypse neared. The No.28 was there at a dark time, like Raul was.
Real Madrid are being carried by a teenager and that’s not ideal. But it’s not a bad teenager to be led by. He has made an impact.