Vinicius Jr Beats Mbappe and Haaland to Remarkable 2023 Goal Record

Vinicius Jr Beats Mbappe and Haaland to Remarkable 2023 Goal Record

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Vinicius Jr has been pivotal to Real Madrid's recent successes
  • The Brazilian has transformed into one of Europe's elite since his debut
  • The Real Madrid man has set an impressive goal record

Vinicius Jr. stole the spotlight in Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League triumph over Sporting Braga.

The Brazilian forward, unstoppable in the second half, showcased his brilliance by manoeuvring past veteran defender Jose Fonte to convert a pass from fullback Lucas Vazquez.

Additionally, he demonstrated precision by setting up compatriot Rodrygo de Goes with a perfectly timed pass, sealing Real Madrid's victory.

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Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during to the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and SC Braga. Image: Cristian Trujillo.
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The 23-year-old forward, who appeared a little off the mark during the first half of the encounter, has had to deal with a lengthy injury layoff, as reported by Marca and has struggled to find the glowing heights he attained through the 2022-23 season.

However, Vinicius will show glimpses of his sizzling best with an immense second-half display against Braga.

Despite missing out on the Player of the Match award, Vinicius' performance on the night saw him set a new goal involvement record.

Vinicius Jr. sets goal record

The forward, who was involved in two of three of Real Madrid's goals, became the first player playing in Europe to be involved in 17 goals and 17 assists, as reported by ESPN.

The former Flamengo forward ranks ahead of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, who have far fewer assists despite having more goals than him.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti lauded Vinicius's exceptional performance, referring to him as 'extraordinary,' according to Madrid Xtra.

Real Madrid enthusiasts are optimistic that their number seven will maintain this scorching form as they confront a challenging Valencia side.

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Vinicius Jr wins La Liga award

Sports Brief in a previous report stated Vinicius Jr.'s exceptional talent received further recognition when he was named the best player in La Liga by the Spanish Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE).

The Brazilian forward played a pivotal role in Real Madrid's performances throughout last season, especially given the challenges posed by injuries to the team's captain and top striker, Karim Benzema.

According to Whoscored, the 23-year-old managed to score 10 goals and provide nine assists, contributing significantly to Carlo Ancelotti's side securing second position in the final league standings, just behind Barcelona.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).