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Published On: Tue, Mar 26th, 2024

Real Madrid Star Vinicius Jr in Tears Over Escalating Racism Abuse

Real Madrid Football Star Vinicius Junior broke down in tears during an emotional press conference on Monday, as he spoke out against the escalating racist abuse directed at him in Spain. The Brazilian international expressed his frustration at the lack of repercussions for perpetrators, emphasizing the urgent need for action to combat racism in football.

The 23-year-old found himself overwhelmed with emotion as he addressed the persistent issue of racism in football, particularly his experiences while playing for Real Madrid. 

“I arrive at every game with my head focused on the game in order to do my best for my team but that’s not always possible. I need to focus really hard. Every day,” Vinicius expressed, his voice trembling with emotion. “I’m sorry. I just want to play football. I just want to play. I just want to do whatever I can for my club and for my family” he said.

Having joined Real Madrid in 2018, Vinicius Jr has sadly become a target of racist abuse on multiple occasions, highlighting the deep-rooted issue that continues to plague the footballing world.

“I’ve never really thought about leaving, because if I leave I’m giving these racists what they actually want,” Vinicius declared defiantly in Spanish. “So I’m going to stay here, fighting, playing in the best club in the world, winning titles, scoring many goals, and they’ll have to see my face even more because I’m only evolving, playing football and bringing joy to my people.”

Despite the challenges and discrimination over 10 Spanish stadiums, he remains resolute in his commitment to his team and his passion for the game, refusing to give in to the desires of those who seek to intimidate him based on the color of his skin.

Vinicius Jr lamented that things have only gotten worse since he first spoke out against the abuse, adding that the lack of punishment emboldens people to continue targeting him because of his race. But he said he just wants to play football without facing discrimination based on his skin color.

As Vinicius prepares for his second international friendly with the Brazilian national team, set to face Spain at the iconic Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday evening, his determination to overcome racism serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing battle for equality in football.

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