Carlo Ancelotti Dubs Real Madrid Star As Best in the World Ahead of Messi and Mbappe

Carlo Ancelotti Dubs Real Madrid Star As Best in the World Ahead of Messi and Mbappe

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 16, 2023 at 10:14 AM
  • Carlo Ancelotti hailed Vinicius Junior as the best player in the world following Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool
  • The Brazilian winger played a key role to help Real Madrid progress to the quarterfinals of the Champions League
  • Vinicius is one of Real Madrid’s top scorers this season having netted six goals in the Champions League

Real Madrid secured yet another quarterfinal berth in the Champions League after they eliminated Liverpool 6-2 over two legs in the round of 16.

Karim Benzema’s solo strike secured a 1-0 win against the Reds in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, but winger Vinicius Junior was the star who caught the eye of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

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Vinicius Junior has scored six goals in the UEFA Champions League this season. Photo by Eurasia Sport Images
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According to Goal, Ancelotti described the Brazilian forward as the best player in the world following his mesmerising performance against Liverpool.

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"For me, he's the best in the world. Today he didn't score, but he played very well and provided a goal."

Vinicius, along with Kylian Mbappe, is one of only two players in the last three Champions League seasons to have both scored and assisted on 10-plus goals (13 goals and 10 assists).

Vinicius Jr toys with Trent Alexander-Arnold

Meanwhile, Vinicius Junior tormented Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold during their Champions League clash on Wednesday night, Daily Star reports.

No player was dribbled past more times in the Champions League this week than Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was dribbled past six times by the Brazilian winger against Real Madrid.

Vinicius Jr. has also dribbled past the England defender 13 times in five games against Liverpool, scoring five goals and providing two assists.

Vinicius’s future at Real Madrid in doubt

Earlier, Sports Brief reported the future of Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid is in doubt after the winger and the reigning La Liga champions reportedly hit a roadblock in their negotiations for a new deal.

The current contract for the Brazilian expires in 2024 and talks about a new deal are said to have been ongoing for some time.

There has reportedly been no movement from Vinicius' side despite Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez doing everything in his power to open up talks.

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