Why Soccer Wiz Vinicius Junior rejected Barcelona for Real Madrid

Vinicius Junior is a new kid on the soccer block and currently the world’s most expensive teenager for his £40 price tag, but one interesting fact about him isn’t that he’s Brazilian — he prefers Real Madrid to any other club on this planet.

Image: Vinicius Junior

Madrid announced the kid as their newest signing from Flamengo on Tuesday.

For many who are yet to switch loyalty for Junior’s sake, it’s worth noting that the 16-year-old scooped a lot more than Manchester United’s Antony Martial as well as Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who signed a £27 deal.

Dubbed the “new Neymar,” football analysts believe he has skills, talent and vision which are all comparable to Neymar Jr., but with less experience for now.

Barely two weeks ago, Junior played his debut game for Flamengo’s first team after extending his contract to 2022, then Madrid whisked him away to Santiago Bernabeu where they believe his talent will be enhanced and utilized.

The youngster chose to play for Los Blancos despite receiving a better financial package from La Blaugranas and there’s a reason for this.

His choice was born out of preference for Madrid’s project.

Image shows Vinicius Junior in action for his country Brazil.

Junior will continue playing for Flamengo until July 2019 when he will be 18, reports confirm.

Frederico Pena, one of Junior’s agents, spoke with Golboesport in an interview about the young player’s outrageous transfer fee and reasons for his decision to join Madrid.

“Barcelona offered more money than Madrid, the player would’ve earned more,” Pena said.

“But we arrived at an agreement with Madrid because the player preferred their project more.

“Some people believe that he chose Madrid for money, but they are wrong,” he adds.

“Vinicius only concentrated on the sporting aspect and Real Madrid’s position in the negotiations was better in that regard.”

He continued:  “Many believe that it is madness (what Real Madrid are doing) but they were not the only ones involved in the supposed madness. They are not the only crazy ones willing to pay for the quality of Vinicius.

“Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Casemiro, Marco Asensio, Marcelo all arrived before the age of 22 and they’re all very important players in the first team now,” he added.

Importantly, Pena hinted that “Vinicius will go to Madrid with his whole family. Such a young lad will need to be surrounded by his own.”