Dirty tackles could've costed Vini Jr his World Cup dream

Vinicius Junior is one of the most fouled players in La Liga.

The Real Madrid attacker has been on the receiving end of harsh tackles for quite some time now.

He has started all 14 games for Real Madrid this season and has been tackled 10 more times than Getafe’s Enes Unal.

The 22-year-old was afraid that these ‘dirty tackles’ could have costed him the World Cup.

“What happens of the field stays on the field, but it went too far,” Vinicius told Reuters on Thursday.

“You can come strong but they were being dirty with their challenges. Rodrygo and I suffered a lot in those last games and feared the worst, to get injured and miss the World Cup.

“When you start to become an important player, rivals come after you harder. You have to learn to deal with that.

“I learned a lot from Neymar when he played for Barcelona, he suffered a lot too. Cristiano [Ronaldo], when he played for Real, suffered a lot too.

“But it was Karim [Benzema] who told me to stay calm and have peace of mind because if the rivals are chasing you it is because you are relevant, because they are afraid of you.

“So that’s why when I take the ball and burst forward I do with a vengeance. Yes, I can get hurt. But I’m prepared for the challenge.”


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