I know we like to shit on Neymar, but he's a generational talent and Vinicius just isn't that. Neymar just isn't dedicated and serious enough which would be a pity if he still was at Barca, but not our problem now. But Vinicius is def not going to reach Neymar's heights even if it never lasts too long.
Vinicius to me is a James Rodriguez level talent, that's his ceiling, which isn't bad as James when in groove is absolutely World Class.
If we're being completely honest then none of the young prodigies right now outside of arguably Mbappe is that. Vinicius is good though. RM won't regret paying 40m for him, already paying off as he's showing he definitely got the talent to be a regular starter and contributor for them if not now then surely in the future.
I have to admit that he looks better and more promising than I would have thought. Still very early. I think that he will be a Robinho type of player (level wise) and maybe slightly better or slightly worse. That ain't too bad but nothing that will make me lament that we missed out on him.
I watched this guy when he was 15 in some youth tournament. He was faster than everyone and stronger than everyone despite playing against U17s. But there was no technique, vision or close control to be found. And now I look at him at Real Madrid and he's got all that. I can't remember another player who developed close control like that, typically players are born with it.
I said he was gonna be a flop and Rodrygo a superstar (one which we scouted first but decided to waste money on Malcom later on) but it seems I may be wrong. I'm now scared Rodrygo will be even better.
Anyway, there was I watching Real Madrid games for the first time in years (apart from El Clasicos) because they were a shambles and a laughing stock but along comes this 18-year-old to spoil my fun. Hopefully Solari will bench him when Bale and Asensio return from injury.