Fans Make Mockery of Vinicius Jr After His Failed 'Rainbow Flick' in Brazil’s Loss to Uruguay

Fans Make Mockery of Vinicius Jr After His Failed 'Rainbow Flick' in Brazil’s Loss to Uruguay

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at October 18, 2023 at 7:13 AM
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  • Vinicius Jr. was the subject of online mockery
  • His attempt at replicating one of Ronaldinho's famous tricks did not end well
  • Nevertheless, he was Brazil's standout player in their defeat to Uruguay

Vinicius Junior faced a wave of ridicule on social media after enduring a sub-par performance against Uruguay during the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Despite showing signs of a resurgence in form following his injury, the Real Madrid winger struggled to make an impact as Brazil suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of the two-time world champions in Montevideo.

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Vinicius was trolled on social media by fans after his rainbow flick failed spectacularly. Photos by Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images and Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images
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Boasting a star-studded lineup including, Neymar, Rodrygo, and Gabriel Jesus, the Selecao failed to produce a single shot on target, ultimately succumbing to a 2-0 loss against the home team, courtesy of goals from Darwin Nunez and Nicolas de la Cruz.

The scoreline proved humbling for Brazil's esteemed standards, and Vinicius's failed attempt to outmanoeuvre a Uruguayan defender exemplified the lacklustre performance of Fernando Diniz's squad.

In an ambitious effort to manoeuvre past his opponent, the 23-year-old resorted to an audacious rainbow flick, only to falter spectacularly, leaving the ball behind in a moment that encapsulated Brazil's subpar showing.

Here is the video:

Regardless of his failed rainbow flick, Vini was, by far, Brazil's liveliest player in the game, according to GOAL.

Fans troll Vinicius' failed rainbow flick

@Sleshkrish believes that:

"Real Madrid sent a fake version of Vinicius to Brazil. No way he is failing for them."

@SelecaoTalk aimed a dig at the Real Madrid star:

"Vinicius Jr.'s performances for Brazil since his debut have been disgustingly bad. He’s played 25 times for Brazil. You can count the amount of decent performances on one hand."

A Barcelona fan, @barca_hub2, jabbed the Brazilian winger:

"Vinicius taught he is PRIME Ronaldinho!"

@sikapiib3ba teased:

"We have gotten the 2018 Vinicius back."

@Sleshkrish laughed at Vini's statistics for Brazil:

"Vinicius has been playing for Brazil since, like, 2016, and he silently sits on 4 g/a."

Nunez-led Uruguay down Brazil

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Darwin Nunez clinched a goal and provided an assist as Uruguay secured a historic victory over Brazil, marking their first win against their opponents in 22 years during the 2026 World Cup South American qualifiers.

The forward, known for his exploits in the Premier League, played a crucial part in Uruguay's second goal, showcasing adept ball control from a throw-in and setting up Nicolas de la Cruz to strike past Brazil goalkeeper Ederson in the 77th minute, cementing the 2-0 triumph.

This significant win for Uruguay in World Cup qualifying fixtures against Brazil harked back to their last triumph, a 1-0 victory over the "Selecao" in Montevideo in July 2001.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.