Despite having an amazing start of the season, already scoring 5 goals and assisting 3 times in eight games, his performance on the pitch is not the reason why Vinicius Jr is in the news: it’s his dancing. In this article we will explain and analyze the situation, stay tuned!
Even though there were a lot of voices in Spain critizing Vini Jr’s celebrations, it was Atletico captain Koke, who went furthest in recent days, saying there will be “trouble” in case the Brazilian performs his usual dance routine, if he scores at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday. ESPN article here.
Then yesterday evening, Pedro Bravo, the president of the Spanish Agents Association was a guest at El Chiringuito and said some strange words, which can be interpreted as being racist.
– You (Vini Jr) have to respect the opponent. If you want to dance, go to the sambadrome in Brazil. In Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey.
The Spanish agent later backtracked on his claims, said it was a “metaphor” and he apologized.
I want to clarify that the expression “playing the monkey” that I have misused to qualify Vinicius’ goal celebration dance was done metaphorically (“doing stupid things”). Since my intention was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologize. I am sorry !
This didn’t stop the footballing world from exploding and we have seen a lot of players coming in support of the Brazilian starlet! It all started with Neymar Jr, who told Vini to continue dancing.
Other players such as Brazilian teammates Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison, Thiago Silva and Paulinho also joined in. Even Real Madrid’s main rivals, Barcelona has shown support, with Xavi telling the press to lay off Vini, but also Raphinha coming out with a message on Instagram in support of his NT teammate.
Then came the big gun, as legendary footballer Pele also took it upon himself to post an Instagram message.
Naturally, football fans from all across the world also posted supportive messages on social media. The #BailaViniJr hashtag is trending all across the world on Twitter.
What do you think, will Vinicius Jr be able to show off his dance moves in Real Madrid’s game versus Atletico on Sunday?