Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Vinicius Jr.
Vinicius Jr has had a productive start this season after Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League in his final season.

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior said “the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe” was behind the criticism of the goal celebrations.

Agent Pedro Bravo, 22, sparked accusations of racism during a Spanish television debate that “You must respect opponents in Spain and stop playing the monkey” during a Spanish television debate.

Bravo since then apologized on Twitterexternal linkHe said he was abusing a metaphor.

“Admit it, respect it. I won’t stop anyway!” Added Vinicius.external link

The Brazilian national player, who has scored five goals in eight games with the European champion jersey so far this season, noted that he is far from being the first player to dance at the celebrations, and listed other stars who performed similarly.

“Weeks ago, some people started criticizing my dance. But the dance isn’t just mine,” Vinicius said.

“They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, [Lucas] paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha… Brazilian funk singers and samba dancers, Latin reggaeton singers, Black Americans.

“They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world.

“They say happiness is disturbing. The happiness of a black Brazilian being successful in Europe disturbs much more.

But my will to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that.”

Vinicius was supported by his club, country, teammates and rivals.

Brazilian teammate Neymar, who played for Paris St-Germain, posted a photo of the duo dancing on international duty.

Neymar said, “Dribble, dance and be yourself! Be happy the way you are. Keep it up boy, we’ll dance the next target.”

Rayo Vallecano and Colombian forward Radamel Falcao, who had two highly successful seasons at Real’s rival Atletico Madrid, expressed their support, saying the couple were “together until the end”.

Three-time World Cup winner, 81-year-old Brazilian legend Pele, said Vinicius’ celebrations epitomize the spirit of football.

“Football is fun. It’s a dance. It’s a real party. Even though racism still exists, we won’t let that stop us from continuing to smile.” He wrote on Twitter.external link

real Madrid Published a statementexternal link expressed his love and support for Vinicius Junior, who sees football as an attitude towards life with joy, respect and sportsmanship.

The club added that it condemns “sad and unfortunate comments made to our player” and will take legal action against anyone who makes racist comments against their players.

The Brazilian Football Federation called for “dancing, dribbling and, above all, respect” in a statement of solidarity.

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