Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior has shown massive regard to 22-year-old Chelsea defender Reece James after his intensive battle against him last night in the Champions League.
Two of the world’s most promising youngsters, the duo had an intensive head-to-head contest yesterday at Santiago.
Brazilian left-winger winger Vinicius had a series of individual duels against Chelsea’s right-sided defender James, enjoying various amounts of success.
However, if it were a points decision, you’d have to lean towards the Blues powerhouse, which largely managed to extinguish the threat of a scintillating attacker.
Eventually, the Madrid star did manage to assist Karim Benzema’s winning goal in extra time to secure the Spanish club’s progress to the Champions League semis.
Vinicius, 21, has shown great sportsmanship with a five-word message on Instagram to a direct rival.
An early booking to James was a significant concern, but the Blues star didn’t let it impact his game.
Real Madrid managed to avenge last season’s Champions League semi-final defeat, so perhaps the pair will meet for a third consecutive season next year.