Dani Alves, Cafú, Carlos Alberto: When it comes to producing top quality right backs, few do it better than Brazil.
the well, however, has dried up in recent years, so much so that despite being less than a month away from his 39th birthday, alves is expected to be the title holder of the selection for the world cup 2022.
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Who steps into the Barcelona star’s shoes when he finally hangs up his boots is anyone’s guess at the moment, but there’s hope that in a few years, the next Brazilian right-back will be ready to don that famous yellow. shirt.
The player in question is Vinicius Tobias, who has been attracting attention in his homeland for several years, having come through the international ranks.
The 18-year-old, who on April 1 completed his signing for Real Madrid, appeared on the radar of Brazilian fans after helping his country’s U-15 team win the South American championship in 2019, with Vinicius scoring in the final win over Argentina.
Since then, he has been compared to trent alexander-arnold, in part because, like the liverpool star, he began life as a central midfielder who has since been moved to the wing, but has been able to retain his game skills.
madrid desperately needs such a player within its first team, as dani carvajal has been exposed at times this season, particularly in the champions league, while the versatile duo nacho and lucas vazquez are not natural right-backs to Despite having both filled in when Carvajal has been absent.
Hopes are high in Madrid for 16-year-old Alejandro Jimenez, already a regular in Los Blancos’ U19s, but with Bayern Munich sniffing around the Spain youth international, Vinicius has a real chance to nail down a regular position at the santiago bernabeu in the coming years.
However, his path to the Spanish capital has not been easy.
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At the age of just 12, Vinicius was forced to leave his mother’s home in Sao Paulo and move more than 1,100 kilometers (685 miles) south along Brazil’s east coast to Porto Alegre, where he had enrolled in the international academy.
he caught the attention of the club’s scouts for his ability to take on opponents and penetrate the penalty area from midfield, as well as for his vision of the game and his tendency to always find teammates with his passes.
“They signed me as a striker, but in 2017 I was already playing as a midfielder”, Vinicius told Globoesporte when telling the story of his transition to right back.
“our winger, gustavo bagatini, was injured and we didn’t have another. I asked the coach, lucas marchetti, for the opportunity to play there. it wasn’t very difficult, but I still had a lot to learn.”
Vinicius was a quick learner and never looked back, capping off his international stint by helping the club win the Brazilian Under-20 championship in 2021.
“He is the typical Brazilian player, an athlete with very high-level technical skills,” Joao Miguel, who trained Vinicius to win that title, tells gol.
“The relationship between him and the ball is very good, while his ability to solve the problems of the game is also very high, as is his understanding of the tactical issues of the game.
“Her physical attributes are also very good and she has good mental strength. he is a player who likes to duel and who enjoys the challenges of the game.
“so with great happiness he is already making his way abroad, where he will shine thanks to all these skills.”
Those skills sparked the interest of several top European clubs in Vinicius, with Real Madrid joining Bayern Munich, Juventus and Atlético Madrid to monitor the teenager’s progress.
However, the race to sign Vinicius was won by Shakhtar Donetsk, who announced in July 2021 that they had agreed a €6m (£5m/$7m) deal to bring the defender to ukraine, with vinicius set to arrive six months later.
He left the international having never played a first-team game for his boyhood club, but was instantly integrated into the Shakhtar first-team, with whom he spent his mid-season training camp in Turkey, appearing in six friendly.
Those games are likely to be his only appearances for the club, however, with Vinicius one of a group of Ukrainian-based Brazilian players who took to social media following the Russian invasion of the country in a bid to find a safe passage out of their adoptive home.
After several days, the youngster joined his compatriots to cross the border out of Ukraine, before FIFA announced that players from Ukrainian clubs could come out of the transfer window to further their careers.
Aware of his earlier interest, Madrid moved quickly to secure Vinicius’ signing, signing him on an initial loan until the end of the 2022-23 season, with the option to make the deal permanent for € 17 million (£14 million/$18 million) included.
although he has been through a lot since his arrival in europe, vinicius has settled down well in spain, recently making his debut for real madrid castilla in the third division of spanish football.
He has also trained with the first team squad, although he cannot play with them this season due to the fact that there are already three non-European players – Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Eder Militao – who regularly play in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Vinicius’ moment to step onto the league stage will come, however, even if he has to wait for his chance. it’s something he’s getting used to, but there’s a belief that once he gets to high-level football, he’s unlikely to leave anytime soon.
Brazil’s long history of producing the best right-backs in the world is likely to continue.
additional report by jorge castro picón.
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