RCD Mallorca defender Antonio Raillo had a message for Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jr. regarding the Brazilian star’s celebration.
Los Blancos picked up a 4-1 victory over RCD Mallorca on September 11. Vinicius Jr. netted Madrid’s second goal and celebrated with a dance, which infuriated his opponents.
Pedro Bravo, the Spanish Agents’ president, arrived on TV show ‘El Chiringuito’ shortly after and called the Brazilian’s moves ‘playing the monkey’. The comments prompted many reactions, with footballers coming out to support Vinicius.
Raillo said he had no problem with celebrating Vinicius. However, the Mallorca captain says the Real Madrid forward shouldn’t disrespect his opponents and colleagues.
This is what he said in an interview with “Diario de Mallorca”:”
“Vinicius dances, but don’t be disrespectful, insult or belittle your fellow professionals. When called provocative, he uses the joker of racism.” (h/t sbt.com)
Vinicius has been a crucial cog in the wheel of Los Blancos since joining the club in 2018. He scored the winner against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final last season.
The Brazilian has also been in superb form this season, scoring five goals and providing four assists in nine games across all competitions. Since arriving in Spain, the youngster has scored 41 goals and provided 47 assists in 179 games.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has already defended Vinicius Jr.
Amid criticism from Vinicius Jr. following Real Madrid’s loss to RCD Mallorca, Carlo Ancelotti has come to his striker’s defence. He acknowledged that referees and opponents should be respected. However, he believes the Brazilian already possesses these characteristics.
Here is what Ancelotti said:
“The referee, above all, must be respected, even if he fails. It is quite normal for rivals to cover a little more and be a little more aggressive with him. Vinicius has nothing to change in his attitude , it seems to me that he has great respect for his rivals and the referees”. (h/t MARK)
The Italian manager went on to add that Vinicius’ flashy style of play can sometimes get under his opponents’ skin:
“He’s a special player. Due to the way he plays, it can happen sometimes that the rival gets angry. You have to understand that he always tries to dribble, whether his team wins or loses.
“Sometimes he tries to anger the rival a little more than usual, but these are things that happen in football. With experience he will learn little by little.”