Real Madrid Star Vinicius Jr. Breaks Down Over Racism

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Asked about the racism he has suffered since arriving in Spain, Real Madrid’s Brazilian winger Vinícius Júnior broke down in tears at a press conference on Monday.

When asked about the racism he regularly suffers, Real Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior broke down in tears in front of the press on Monday. The Real Madrid player said his “desire to play” soccer was “diminishing” as racist incidents against him accumulated in Spain.

I’m sorry,” he said. “I just want to play soccer. I just want to play, I want to do everything for my club and for my family and that black people never suffer again,” delivered an emotional Vinicius.


The Real Madrid player spoke on the eve of the Spain-Brazil friendly (Tuesday 9:30 pm), organized in response to the racist insults he has frequently been the victim of since arriving in Madrid in 2018. “I’ve been seeing this for a long time, and every time it happens I feel sadder, and every time I feel less like playing,” he explained, wiping away tears.


Like his club team-mate Dani Carvajal, the 23-year-old striker believes that Spain is not “a racist country”, but that “there are a lot of racists, many of them in the stadiums”.

“Since the first time I complained about racism in Spain, the situation has got worse and worse… They insult me because of the color of my skin, so that I don’t play as well on the pitch,” he said.


Frequently targeted by opposing fans, the Brazilian, who has become a leader of the anti-racist struggle in spite of himself, nevertheless assured us that he had “never thought” of leaving Real, as “that would be giving reason to the racists”. ” I’ll stay with the best club in the world, scoring as many goals as I can,” promised Vinicius, who will be the most scrutinized player with the Seleção at the Santiago-Bernabéu on Tuesday.

This post is originally from L’Équipe