£38m in this day and age with the inflated prices in modern football will get you a good player, who would have thought modem football has gotten to the point where teams are willing to pay £38m for a 16-year-old who hasn’t even made a senior appearance.
Flamengo’s golden boy
Vinícius Júnior is a 16-year-old Brazilian who plays for Flamengo in the. At 16 he is already one of if not the biggest talent in Brazilian football, not only for his club but on the international stage for the Brazil U17s, Vinícius has shown his talent. Pace, strength, the range of passing, skills which come standard with most attacking Brazilians and his finish ability put him heads and should above others in his class.
Real Madrid can’t officially sign him until he is 18, so July 2018 but the deal has been agreed, and the details have all been confirmed, and Vinicius Júnior will earn 8M/year.
Paying that amount of money for a 16-year-old with no experience at the professional level is unbelievable, but after missing out on Neymar, it leads some to view this as Real Madrid’s desperation getting the best of them. Barcelona was very keen on Vinícius and Neymar himself even contacted the youngster to convince him to join Barcelona which didn’t work to the annoyance of Neymar. Vinícius had a release clause of €30m, but Real Madrid believes he will be the ‘next Neymar’ and didn’t want to lose him to Barça, so they offered €45m.
It’s strange for a team like Real Madrid to put so much money into an unproven player, even though Martin Ødegaard was also 16 when he signed for Real Madrid, Ødegaard was already playing senior football for his club and the Norway first team and still shining against players twice his age. Even with his talent easily identifiable, since moving to Real, Martin Ødegaard has not lived up to expectations and whether it’s due to his astronomical wages (£80,000 per week), managerial changes, the pressure getting to him or a lack of good coaching, it’s hard to see another talent gone to waste. From now till he turns 18, the worlds eyes will certainly be on Vinícius Júnior and if he continues on his upward trajectory and improves greatly in that time and moves to Real Madrid, a much-improved player it’s possible he could feature in the first team with Ronaldo coming closer to the end of his career and a few aging players in that Real side would have certainly moved on who knows what the future holds for this young boy.