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Vinicius very close to first Ballon d´Or win, says Ancelotti

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 May 2024

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Vinicius Jr’s dazzling performances at Real Madrid have put the Brazil forward in the conversation to win his first Ballon d’Or and head coach Carlo Ancelotti feels the 23-year-old deserved to win the prestigious award.

Vinicius has netted five times and provided as many assists in the Champions League alone this season to help Madrid book a place in the final, while also scoring 13 goals in LaLiga, which they clinched for a record-extending 36th time last weekend.

The record 14-time European champions will take on German side Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on June 1.

“He’s doing a great job,” Ancelotti told reporters ahead of Saturday’s league trip to relegation-threatened Granada.

“He’s still got the Champions League final to come and then he’ll be at the Copa America.

“He’s very close, and if he has positive results in both competitions, he could well win it [the Ballon d’Or].

“Before I came to coach Madrid, I saw Vinicius on TV and I thought what an incredibly talented player he looked.

“When I arrived here, that much was clear, and he’s improved on many things to enhance that talent.

“He’s better at evading his markers now and has improved in front of goal as well. He’s done so with a spectacular work ethic on a daily basis, he’s focused in training and recovers well after matches.

“He’s a highly disciplined professional and he deserves everything he’s achieved.”

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