Vinicius Jr had a straightforward message for the critics after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in a fiercely-contested derby – tweeting: “Dance wherever you would like.” The Brazilian needed to block out the skin noise and maintain focus despite a difficult week that saw him subjected to sickening racist abuse.
Atletico Madrid captain Koke had advised Vinicius Jr to avoid dancing if he scored however the 22-year-old winger could barely contain his delight as team-mate Rodrygo and Federico Valverde found the goal for Los Blancos.
Ahead of kick-off, Atletico Madrid supporters were captured on video singing “Vinicius, you’re a monkey” outside the Wanda Metropolitano.
Even through the game, racist chants could possibly be heard from several sections of the house crowd but Vinicius let his football do the talking.
He was involved in each Real Madrid goals as his side battled to a hard-fought 2-1 victory behind enemy lines.
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It didn’t take Vinicius long to take to social media to share a straightforward message, posting an image of him dancing alongside Rodrygo following his compatriot’s opener.
“Dance wherever you would like,” the post read as Real Madrid made it nine wins from nine this season in all competitions to regain their place at the highest of La Liga.
Atletico supporters threw objects at Vinicius and Rodrygo as they celebrated their goal by the corner flag.
Earlier within the week, Pedro Bravo, the president of the Spanish agents association, accused Vinicius of “playing the monkey” – comments that sparked widespread fury.
Bravo later retracted his comments that were made on Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito.
Tottenham forward Richarlison, who plays with Vinicius at international level, was amongst those to issue his support for his team-mate – alongside the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.
Richarlison told ESPN: “Boring situation, right? I even texted that guy over there who talked bulls*** to him on the show.
“But that he can rejoice like he’s been doing and I’ll hope he scores a goal.
“I called him a s***… but that he can solve this as soon as possible and do not miss it.”
Atletico Madrid substitute Mario Hermoso was on the centre of the motion as he pulled a goal back for the hosts.
But he was later given his marching orders when he received two yellow cards in quick succession to dent his side’s hopes of finding an equaliser.
Real Madrid have now won all six of their La Liga matches this season and Vinicius has been one among the celebs of the show. This was the proper response to the skin noise – while Atletico Madrid at the moment are prone to be faced with punishment.