The highly-rated South American has donned the No.20 jersey since making the breakthrough with the Blancos on the back of a 2018 transfer from Flamengo. His stock has soared of late, with 45 goals recorded across the last two seasons.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Vinicius was involved in more goals last season (23 of his own and 21 assists) than Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema (31 goals and seven assists), which further highlights his value to the cause at Santiago Bernabeu. That standing has been rewarded with an iconic squad number.
AND WHAT'S MORE
The Brazil international is Real’s new No.7 – following the departure of Eden Hazard - allowing him to follow in the footsteps of iconic figures such as Ronaldo, Raul and Emilio Butragueno. According to The Athletic, Vinicius asked club president Florentino Perez if he could take that shirt. Said request was happily granted, with Real seeing the Samba star as their next marketing dream.