Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jose Paixao de Oliveira Junior, has received his Spanish citizenship from the government, the club has announced on their website.
The club’s official statement said: “Real Madrid CF announces that our Brazilian player Vinicius Junior swore to the Spanish Constitution last Friday, September 2, so from that moment he also has Spanish nationality.”
He arrived from Flamengo for €45 million four years ago. Questions were posed to Florentino Perez about Vinicius’ age and ability to thrive in Madrid.
He struggled to acclimatise to senior football in his debut La Liga campaign, scoring two and assisting two in 18 appearances.
The following season, he scored three and assisted one in 29 league appearances. Vinicius began to grow a reputation as a poor finisher.
He netted three league goals in the 2020/21 campaign but exploded last term, scoring 17 league goals and assisting ten as Los Blancos won the title.
In the Champions League, he was decisive. He scored four and provided six assists to help Madrid win their 14th title. Vinicius scored the only goal in the final.
He has started from where he left off this time around. He provided an assist to help Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to lift the Super Cup.
Vinicius has also scored three goals and created three big chances in four La Liga games.
His Spanish citizenship will boost future transfer business for Madrid. It gives them an additional non-European Union spot in their squad.
Madrid can now bring Vinicius Tobias from Castilla to feature in La Liga games.
They wanted to sign Vinicius Jr’s international teammate Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City this summer but were unable to do so.
Jesus signed for Arsenal. Madrid also had to let Japanese international Takefusa Kubo complete a permanent move to Real Sociedad while Reinier joined Girona on loan.
Madrid only signed Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.
Their limited transfer dealings have not harmed their prospects for the new campaign. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won all four of their first four La Liga games after winning the Super Cup.
They kick off their Champions League title defence against Celtic in Scotland this week.
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