09/23/2021 at 1:54 AM CEST
Vinicius Jr. lives one of those moments that every soccer player dreams of sometime in his career. He has become the undisputed starter at Real Madrid, scares rival defenses, receives ovations from the Bernabéu and even scores goals. What was his great defect until not long ago, has now become a hallmark that has led him to beat his scoring record in the League with five goals in just six days. Few now doubt the Brazilian, but it is worth wondering what would have happened to his career if Kylian Mbappé had arrived this summer.
The 21-year-old winger is playing his third season as a white player and it seems that this is his confirmation. Others cannot say that they have had such luck, or patience, as the one that Real Madrid has lent to A Vinicius that now begins to distribute dividends, keeping those 45 million euros that were paid for his signing even cheap. We now review the careers of other forwards who promised a lot when they were young, but who did not reach the level expected of them.
For many, this Brazilian winger was the first Vinicius. His debut, with 21 years against Cádiz, placed him at the top of Spanish football in a time dominated by Ronaldinho. Robinho had a tremendous ability to overwhelm opponents, although he failed when push came to shove in definition and especially in leadership. He may have been a player very similar to Vini in terms of slalom talent, but on top of that he had more goals. He said goodbye to Real Madrid after three seasons and 35 goals in his having seduced by the money of Manchester City. He never fulfilled what he promised on his debut night at Carranza, although it is true that Ronaldinho set the bar very high.
He became the master of Milan at just 17 years old, achieving nine goals in his debut in Serie A. His evolution continued on the right track until he was 21 years old when injuries and the Lombard night made his game not reach the expectations he raised in his career. moment. Pato was very talented, he was a very fast forward and with a great sense of smell, but he got lost along the way. Only in Brazil did he straighten his career again so that Chelsea would give him a second chance that he threw overboard in Europe. At Villarreal he left good feelings in one lap, but that helped him to give the scared and sign a contract in China to continue fattening a portfolio that has been the object of study for everything robbed.
Supermario was another misunderstood premature talent. The Italian was the great hope of Inter Milan for years. Then he admitted that he really was from Milan to get to go to the Premier League where he failed in Manchester City and in a Liverpool that spent a large part of the money that Luis Suárez entered to sign him. Of course, after failing he has risen again, although in minor leagues like the French one where he went from scoring 26 goals in one season with Nice and none in the next. He is currently roaming Turkey looking to re-float his career to land one last big lucrative contract.
The new Pele was a complete failure. He made his debut at the age of 14 in the MLS, breaking all kinds of precocious records. In Europe all the greats followed the track and he landed at Benfica when he had just reached the age of majority in search of initiating all the technical reports that had been had about him since he was a child. Adu turned out to be a real fiasco and began to be loaned to clubs that had to see him with their own eyes such as AS Monaco, Os Belenenses, Aris de Thessaloniki or the Turkish Rizespor. The forward did not return to play for Benfica and finally in 2011 he returned to the United States in search of straightening his career. Since then he has been known as temporary bowling in leagues such as Serbian, Finnish, Brazilian or Swedish. A full-blown broken toy.