Vinícius Júnior was Real Madrid’s savior in La Liga Week 25, entering the bench to score a late tying goal against Real Sociedad and keep his side’s title hopes alive. In their next match, Real will face their rivals and leaders Atlético Madrid in a game that could well decide their league season.
Now 20, Vinícius has received a mixed reception for his performances at Real since arriving at the age of 16. His initial signing fee was 45 million euros ($ 50 million), although that figure was 16 million euros ($ 19 million) lower than the total amount okay, according to some sources.
It’s a lot of money on the young shoulders, but Vinícius is billed as a future Real star, alongside striker and compatriot Rodrygo, a € 45million ($ 50million) arrival.
Weakened by Karim Benzema’s short-lived absence due to injury, Zinedine Zidane’s side lacked an attacking advantage over Sociedad until the Brazilian, usually a wide player, demonstrated his full talents. by hitting at close range to ensure the draw.
Vinícius has many years ahead of him in the capital, according to his employer’s investment. Contributing to more goals will be a priority during this time, and his growing experience in the first team will only help.
As for other top-level fixtures, there was a well-deserved victory for Getafe, who scored for the first time in six games against Valencia in a 3-0 result.
Carles Aleñá completed the scoring in style, but his time at the Madrid club may be limited. The Spaniard was loaned out by Barcelona in January and is expected to return to Camp Nou this summer.
That is unless manager Ronald Koeman is happy with his existing midfield options. Frenkie de Jong is having a fantastic first season as Aleñá, while Sergio Busquets and Miralem Pjanic are also capable of playing the part.
However, a Barcelona-quality injection is still a huge boost for Getafe. Marc Cucurella, formerly on loan at Eibar, has also added finesse to Jose Bordalas’ midfielder since leaving Camp Nou to sign a € 10million ($ 11million) contract in 2020.
Granada also benefited from an excellent midfielder in Week 25, this time thanks to Domingos Quina scoring two goals in two games as Diego Martínez’s side consolidated their midfield position by edging out Elche.
Quina was on a last-breath loan signed in the January transfer window, from England club Watford, owned by the Pozzo family who previously owned Granada, meaning the two clubs have a solid business relationship.
The dynamic Portuguese winger scored his side’s first goal against the Alicante club. Much like Aleñá, Quina is young, talented and has found a suitable team to thrive on. His signing further demonstrates the value of loan agreements in today’s Spanish market, which has recently been devoid of costly and permanent transfers.