Vinicius Jr’s “pre-game ritual” for Real Madrid is a throwback to Patrick Vieira’s iconic VapoRub wet patch on his jersey, which became synonymous with the Arsenal legend.
Vini has adopted something similar, if less notable than Vieira’s due to the white of Madrid, and it seems to be having the desired effect with the Brazilian now amongst the very best players in the world.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Vini and other Real players use it before matches to help open the nasal passages and decongest the nose, which of course is helpful with athletic-based performance.
Take a look below at Vini doing his best Vieira impression.
Vinicius Junior channeling Patrick Vieira?pic.twitter.com/l7elyi5xUH
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The 23-year-old forward has been in lethal form this season, banging in 23 goals which is already one more than last season.
His latest goal came in last week’s 1-1 first-leg draw with Manchester City and it was an absolute screamer, Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping for more of that tonight as Real look to defend their Champions League crown and advance to a final with Inter Milan.