Vinícius Júnior reveals why he preferred Real Madrid over Barcelona

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Vinícius Júnior reveals he opted to join Real Madrid over Barcelona in 2017 based on their more impressive sporting project.

Vinícius became the most expensive 16-year-old in history after Los Blancos agreed an eye-watering €45m fee with Brasileirão side Flamengo.

Barça challenged their rivals all the way for his signature, but the Brazil international believes now looking back, he made the right decision.

“It was right after I came back from the 2017 South American U17 Championship in Chile,” he told FourFourTwo. “There were already rumours in the press, but I never believed them.

“Then it happened: both Real Madrid and Barcelona put offers on the table and I had only three days to make my decision.

“I always wanted to play for the greatest club, so that’s why I chose Real.”

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“My parents visited both clubs and liked them more. It matched with what I already wanted, and I felt their project was better for me.

“They give a lot of minutes to the younger players, like me, and were going through an outstanding period of success in the Champions League back then.”

“I have already surpassed 50 matches for Real Madrid – few players achieve that at such a young age.”

Vinícius has scored two goals in 19 LaLiga appearances this season.

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