Real Madrid Comparing him to modern greats
Vinicius Junior was born on July 17, 2000 and with just 18 years behind him, he is facing his first season at Real Madrid after enjoying some success in Brazil already. He is one of the pearls of world football, but has struggled to find his way into the team. However, under Santiago Solari that could change.
The star is beginning to shine in Madrid, his evolution is moving along little by little, so we decided to take a look at where the most voted for players for ‘The Best’ were when they were as old as Vinicius is now.
At 16, Modric signed for Dinamo Zagreb, then moved on to HSK Zrinjsdi Mostar, with whom he made his professional debut in Bosnia. He quickly became the best player in the division.
August 14, 2002 was the day that Cristiano debuted for Sporting Clube against Inter at just 17, and months later, in 2003, he was signed by Manchester United after facing them in a friendly.
In 2010, Mohamed Salah was still taking his first steps in football and he debuted a month before his 18th birthday in the Egyptian First Division. He had to wait until he was 20 to get his move to Europe.
Still just 19, Kylian Mbappe’s career is on the rise and he is already a world champion with France and one of the very best around after making his debut at 16 years and 347 days. That came on December 2, 2015 for Monaco agains Caen, breaking Henry’s record.
Between 17 and 18, Lionel Messi burst onto the scene at Barcelona and he scored his first goal for the club on May 1, 2005 against Albacete aged 17 years, 10 months and seven days.
In April 2009, Antoine Griezmann remained in Sociedad’s academy and didn’t debut with the first team until the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2009/10 season, when he was 18 years and four months old. After impressing he was handed his debut in the Segunda Division.
In February 2009 the Chelsea star settled into the Lille first team and after appearing 30 times in 2008/09, he was named Young Player of the Year.
He made his debut in July 2009 but it was not until he was 19 that he became an established first team player. Chelsea paid eight million euros for him at 20, though he didn’t shine at Stamford Bridge and was loaned out in Belgium and Germany before signing for Manchester City at 24.
In May 2011, Varane was experiencing his first season with the elite at Lens, though after just 27 matches in Ligue 1 he was signed by Real Madrid.
In August 2011, Kane made his Tottenham debut in the Europa League before embarking on a loan journey that took him to Leyton Orient-Millwall-Norwich-Leicester City. Now, at 25, he is a star.
The Brazilian was not among the ten most voted for players for this year’s The Best award, but is an undoubted star. At 17 he had already debuted with Santos and at 18 he scored five goals in a Brazilian cup match.