Thursday May 25 2017
Madrid’s Vinicius deal so wrong

Real Madrid have agreed a €46m deal for the ‘new Neymar’, but the deal will be a bridge too far for the 16-year-old, argues Vincent Van Genechten.

Vinicus Junior made his professional debut at Flamengo on May 13. He played eight minutes as a substitute during a 1-1 draw against Atletico Mineiro. The teenager has been nothing but sensational in every youth rank he’s played in, generating much excitement on his development.

He’s scored 19 goals in 22 appearances for Brazil’s Under-17 side, guiding them to the South American championship with seven goals. On Youtube, you will find numerous video clips of his goals and (dribbling) skills.

In short: yes, I get the hype. But €46m for a 16-year-old? Seriously? That’s just insane in every way possible.

Madrid will defend themselves by saying they’ll only pay the fee when Vinicius Junior turns 18 and they’ll bring him to Europe a year later. However, does this really make up for the almost criminal transfer the club’s completing here? Not really.

I’m not even sure what this is all about anymore. Sure, football is big business. There aren’t many sports where money plays such an influential role and where massive budgets are necessary to make a notable difference. However, where football was always called a noble sport, there’s nothing noble about spending crazy on kids.

Even Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, not exactly heading a poor club, was amazed by Los Blancos spending so much on the 16-year-old. “This is the market today”, Guardiola said during a Press conference.

Meanwhile, Monaco reportedly rejected an offer north of €70m for Kylian Mbappe and have slapped a price tag exceeding €100m on an 18-year-old kid playing his first full season as a professional.

In today’s market, it seems €50m has become the standard. And for that amount, a player just needs to possess “the potential to be good”. He doesn’t even have to show a solid record on the highest level. Nope, it’s all about the potential and the resale value.

There’s not even that much controversy about Real’s deal for Vinicus Junior. Which makes me wonder: has the world of football lost all form of dignity? You just don’t pay €46m for a kid that isn’t even capable of making his own decisions in life. In any other context, there would be protests. Not in football, however. Hello FIFA?

I wouldn’t even be surprised Vinicius Junior becoming a major flop. In fact, I hope he does.

Have your say...
It is has been criminal for some time but at least flamengo saw some decent money out the deal. when i think of Le Havre seeing nothing out of producing pogba or the dozens of youth players which never play for chelsea but get tapped up anyway or kaka going to milan for 7 million euros this makes my blood boil. Clubs with huge financial backing ripping off everyone under them is the death of modern football and it is emanating out of england.
on the 31st May, 2017 at 10:24am
my comment hasn`t been posted...the truth hurts, doesn`t it? Tell the little frustrated 'journalist' that he sucks at his job.

I left my actual email just in case he needs some schooling :)
on the 25th May, 2017 at 12:46pm
my comment hasn`t been posted...the truth hurts, doesn`t it? Tell the little frustrated 'journalist' that he sucks at his job.

I left my actual email just in case he needs some schooling :)
on the 25th May, 2017 at 12:46pm
This article is so subjective, that it`s ridiculous. Who is this frustrated author? Why would anybody...ever..wish on a kid to not reach his potential?
Just shows the amateurism of this 'journalist' ...

The only reason Real paid $46 is because Barcelona wanted to pay $30 something..and barcelona offered a larger before you go throwing the Royal Madrid name in mud, get your nose out of Messi`s ass and smell the breeze ... this IS The market..(see Stones, Pogba, or you know, China)
on the 25th May, 2017 at 11:38am

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