‘Never become a legend’ – Vinícius Jr. called out by another ex-Real Madrid star

Real Madrid star Vinícius Jr. has today come in for some altogether heavy criticism on the part of former Blancos star Predrag Mijatović.

This comes owing to the Brazilian’s behaviour during Real’s latest outing on Wednesday.

Vinícius, for his part, proved himself decisive late last night, notching his side’s only goal en route to sending RB Leipzig packing from the Champions League’s Last-16.

And yet, post-match, the 23-year-old has nevertheless been widely condemned once more.

As much comes after Vinícius also risked what would have come as a completely needless red card.

After flooring Willi Orbán with a late challenge, the wide-man then responded to the Leipzig captain’s protests by placing his hands on his throat to push the defender to the ground.

Many quickly expressed the opinion that Vinícius was lucky to escape a sending off for his part in the incident, a development which could have completely swung the momentum of the tie.

And, as alluded to above, one individual who appears to have had just about enough of the antics of Real’s temperamental attacker comes in the form of Predrag Mijatović.

Speaking in an interview with Cadena SER on Thursday, Mijatović, who lined out for Los Blancos from 1996 to 1999, made use of the opportunity to call for Vinícius to clean up his act:

“Real Madrid’s shirt does not tolerate this type of behaviour, perhaps another team’s does, maybe in another side you say OK, but not at Real Madrid,” the one-time striker began.

“Vinicius has to find a way to calm down. If not he will never become a legendary player, regardless the good he does in terms of his football. Vinicius is an unpredictable player, which is good, but the thing is he is unpredictable for his own teammates.”

“You see his teammates dragging him away trying to calm him down, as if they were talking to a child. They also tell you [from within the club], without asking, that he has to change his attitude because irritates opponents and even his own teammates.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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