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'Everybody disrespects him!' Ancelotti unhappy with treatment of Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr.

6:11 PM EST 1/22/23
Vinicius Ancelotti Real Madrid
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his displeasure at Vinicius' treatment after his team's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
  • Winger has struggled this season
  • Nine La Liga goal contributions
  • Fouled more than any La Liga player

WHAT HAPPENED? Ancelotti claimed that fans and opposing players alike "disrespect" his star winger after Vinicius was kicked around during Madrid's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. The winger completed the most dribbles on the pitch, but was also fouled six times without his opposing full-back being booked.

WHAT THEY SAID: "[Vinicius] is a great player and a very sensible person," Ancelotti said after Madrid's win. "The truth is everybody disrespects him. The rivals, the referees and the rival fans. We want more respect."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Brazilian winger hasn't quite been at his best this season, with nine goal contributions to his name so far. He had another difficult showing Sunday night, failing to create a single chance as Madrid scraped the win.

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WHAT NEXT FOR VINICIUS? The Brazilian will continue to feature for Real Madrid as they face Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.