Speaking in an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo, Vinícius Júnior spoke about how grateful he is to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

When asked which member of the Madrid squad has helped him out the most, Vinícius replied that he is very grateful to Benzema, who has taken him under his wing. “Karim Benzema, without a shadow of a doubt. He has helped me since day one, advising me on how to make the best decisions, and whenever we play together he tells me to remain calm and focused”.

There was a match against Atlético Madrid when I lost possession and we conceded a goal. He spoke to me about switching positions for a few minutes, so that I would receive possession less and regain my confidence to get back into the game. He’s been at Real Madrid for more than a decade now – so it’s a privilege to learn from him.”

The 19-year-old also spoke about who he feels are the most gifted members of the squad. “Marcelo is so skillful with phenomenal ball control, and Karim thinks 10 seconds ahead of everyone else.”