Barcelona not good enough for Vini­cius

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Vini­cius Ju­nior chose Real Madrid over Barcelona de­spite the Cata­lans of­fer­ing a bet­ter pay­day, ac­cord­ing to the won­derkid’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fred­erico Pena.

The 16-year-old Brazil­ian has been signed by Real in a £38 mil­lion (RM209 mil­lion) deal from Fla­mengo, though he may well stay in his home coun­try un­til 2019.

The as­ton­ish­ing deal has grabbed the head­lines across the foot­ball world — with Pena point­ing out how crit­ics are call­ing the num­bers in­volved ‘mad­ness’ — but now it has emerged that Vini­cius turned down more money at Barca be­cause he pre­ferred Real’s ‘project’.

“If any­one re­ceives crit­i­cism, it will be Real Madrid for the bet they have made,” Pena said.

“For them, they are as­sured it will work. There were other clubs in­ter­ested and one of­fered more money.

“Barcelona put to­gether a more lu­cra­tive pack­age for the player.

“Many be­lieve that it is mad­ness (what Real Madrid are do­ing) but they were not the only ones in­volved in the sup­posed mad­ness. They are not the only crazy ones will­ing to pay for the qual­ity of Vini­cius.”

Asked why Vini­cius turned down Barcelona, Pena said: “Vini­cius liked the project at Real Madrid more.

“Peo­ple get the im­pres­sion that he made the de­ci­sion based on fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion but it’s not the truth. I as­sure, the ne­go­ti­at­ing stance that Real Madrid took was bet­ter.”

Vini­cius had pre­vi­ously sug­gested that his ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion was not down to him.

“It was not me that de­cided any­thing, it was my rep­re­sen­ta­tives to­gether with Fla­mengo and my par­ents,” he told Fox Sports.

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