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The 18-year-old is one of the lone bright spots of the 2018-19 campaign, which will end with neither a Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, nor La Liga crown barring a stunning Barcelona collapse.
Vinicius was in tears leaving the pitch during the first half of Real’s 4-1 loss to Ajax at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, an ankle injury taking him out of the match at 2-0.
With three goals and 12 assists in 28 matches despite his tender age, Vinicius was serving notice that he can be part of the light at the end of this season’s tunnel. He had just earned his first call into Brazil camp.
Real is eight points clear of fifth place Alaves and 11 ahead of Sevilla, so it’s Champions League place is not in question for next season. It’s road into the end of the season is also quite forgiving.