EXCLUSIVE Soccer-Brazil’s Vinicius wants to use football for the greater good

TURIN, Italy, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Vinicius Jr. is the image of Brazil’s excellent new technology of expertise that appears to be peaking at the excellent second as they arrive in Qatar as favorites to carry a file sixth World Cup.

The 22-year-old scored Real Madrid’s winner in the Champions League remaining towards Liverpool and completed eighth in the Ballon D’Or poll final month, elevating him to world-class degree in his fifth season with the Spanish giants.

He mentioned he was keen to ease the strain on Brazil ahead Neymar, 30, who has carried the hopes of a nation nearly single-handedly all through his worldwide profession.

“Neymar went by a lot as a younger participant, having to play at such a younger age and with a whole lot of strain. So he’s the one which makes positive right this moment that every part is less complicated for the new technology,” Vinicius advised Reuters in Turin on Thursday, the place Brazil are coaching earlier than flying to Qatar on Saturday.

“It is a dream as a result of we grew up idolising him. It is essential what he does as a frontrunner. He is aware of that by serving to us, we will help him so much too, make a fantastic World Cup.

“And that is good for us. It’s good for the Brazilian those who need us to win.”

Well spoken and mature for his years, Vinicius welcomes the strain that comes with the duty of being the face of Brazil’s new technology.

“I do a whole lot of listening. I like to study from the extra skilled gamers like Karim (Benzema) and Neymar,” Vinicius mentioned.

“Dealing with strain was at all times simple for me, being a star, as you say. I’ve at all times been level-headed.

“It helps to play for Real Madrid and Brazil. Because I can study from all these nice gamers who’ve gained a lot of their careers.”

But behind his huge smile and the dancing celebrations which can be changing into the trademark of the jet-heeled winger, there’s a smart and socially conscious younger man who wants to use soccer and his fame for a greater good.

Vinicius began a basis that’s constructing colleges in impoverished areas and is investing in analysis to develop new methods to enhance the training system in Brazil.

“I consider I would like to do extra. I see how athletes like Lewis Hamilton and LeBron James do good and I need to do the identical, assist individuals in some ways,” Vinicius mentioned.

“Education is vital as a result of not everybody can develop into a participant. Many strive, however not all succeed.

“So I strive my finest to assist the individuals in Brazil to proceed enhancing and evolving as an individual.

“If they focus with the proper steerage, we are able to get extra individuals going to the college, extra docs, extra professors… higher professors.”


Vinicius says certainly one of the battles his technology faces is towards the stereotype of Brazilian gamers being unhealthy professionals.

“This new technology has discovered so much from the outdated technology,” Vinicius mentioned.

“It’s unhappy to see how they’re criticized, it is unfair as a result of they gave a lot for our sport. We want to rejoice their achievements however ask the query: what do we’ve got to do proper? What did they do flawed?

“It’s vital for us not to make the identical errors and proceed to evolve and alter our picture.”

Vinicius mentioned he was frightened he would get injured earlier than the World Cup.

He is the most-fouled participant in LaLiga by a big margin, 10 instances greater than Enes Unal in second on the listing, and believes his rivals went after him realizing he was in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

“What occurs on the subject stays on the subject, however it went too far,” Vinicius mentioned.

“You can come robust however they had been being soiled with their challenges. Rodrygo and I suffered so much in these final video games and feared the worst, to get injured and miss the World Cup.

“When you begin to develop into an vital participant, rivals come after you more durable. You have to study to take care of that.

“I discovered so much from Neymar when he performed for Barcelona, ​​he suffered so much too. Cristiano (Ronaldo), when he performed for Real, suffered so much too.

“But it was Karim (Benzema) who advised me to keep calm and have peace of thoughts as a result of if the rivals are chasing you it’s since you are related, as a result of they’re afraid of you.

“So that is why once I take the ball and burst ahead I do it with a vengeance. Yes, I can get harm. But I’m ready for the problem.”

That is a mentality Vinicius believes he shares together with his Brazilian teammates heading to Qatar.

“The rivals can count on a staff that’s robust and ready to give all of it to win all of it,” he mentioned.

Reporting by Fernando Kallas, enhancing by Ed Osmond

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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