Brazil legends Ronaldo, Rivaldo: Vinicius Jr deserves Ballon d’Or

Brazil legends Ronaldo Nazario and Rivaldo said Vinicius Junior deserves to win the Ballon d’Or for his stellar campaign with Real Madrid.

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What makes Vinicius great this season

The Brazil forward recently helped Madrid win their 15th Champions League title after a 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the final.

In addition, Vinicius was named as the 2023-24 Champions League Player of the Season.

The 23-year old scored 24 goals in 34 games across all competitions this season.

He also led Madrid to a LaLiga title.

Ronaldo, Rivaldo roots for Vinicius Jr.

Rivaldo believes Vinicius stepped up his attacking game since he arrived in Bernabeu.

“He’s a very dedicated boy,” Rivaldo told ESPN Brasil. “He arrived at Real Madrid and went to Real Madrid B to learn. He played a few games and we could see that he still needed a bit of time to learn how to score. And he learnt! He trained hard and dedicated himself. Today, you can see that he has a much easier time scoring.”

“So Viní is a player to be congratulated. He deserves the Ballon d’Or. Of course, there’s nothing better for him than to secure the award once and for all than by winning the Copa America now, right? Today he already deserves the award. But if he wins the Copa America, even better,” Rivaldo said.

Ronaldo also agrees that the 23-year-old should claim the Ballon d’Or trophy.

“I think Viní already deserves it [the Ballon d’Or]. He’s had a spectacular Champions League, a spectacular La Liga, and he’s been evolving more and more,” Ronaldo said.

“I remember that I did his presentation the day he arrived at Real Madrid and I got on well with him. I talk to Viní a lot about football and certain details. Looking at everything that’s happened, it’s a fantastic development that he’s making.”

“I think his time has come. He’s been extremely decisive this year for Real Madrid. For me, today he’s the best player in the world by far.”