Vinicius admitted that he is happy with the strides he is making and expressed his gratitude for the faith shown in him by head coach Carlo Ancelotti after Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

“I’m still 21, there’s lots of time for me to grow into a great player,” Vinicius told Movistar+.

“But I’m working hard so that even if sometimes things don’t come off for me, other moments will. I’ve scored seven times this season – better than the last season – and that’s important.

“I love playing in pressure matches, that’s natural to me. But the trust and confidence this coach has shown in me is important, too.”

The Brazilian scored a brace and assisted his compatriot Rodrygo in a 14-minute spell in Madrid’s convincing win in Kiev.