Vinicius wants World Cup starting role for Brazil

Vinicius wants World Cup starting role for Brazil
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13 November 2022
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior has admitted he is unsure if he will start in Brazil's opening World Cup match against Serbia amid fierce competition for places.

The 22-year-old will vie with Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Antony and his Real Madrid teammate, Rodrygo, for one of few attacking places alongside talisman Neymar.

"I think every player wants to start," Vinicius said in an interview with Globo Esporte. "It's always important, but when it comes to the World Cup the most important thing is to be a part of the squad and then try to help in some way."

After a stuttering start to his carer at Real Madrid, the former Flamengo prodigy has blossomed into one of the world's most exciting attacking players.

He was rewarded for the most consistent year of his professional career by finishing eighth in the 2022 Ballon d'Or voting last month.

Despite being the only Brazilian to feature in the top 10 of the prestigious award, Vinicius knows he is not a guaranteed starter in Qatar.

"Of course I'll be able to help a lot more by playing 90 minutes and I want to be among the starters but the manager has to make a decision and there are many players to choose from," Vinicius said. "In addition to the 26 players who will go to the World Cup, many have been left out and it's always much more difficult for the coach than for the players."

Brazil earned a direct World Cup berth by finishing top of the South American qualifying group, going undefeated throughout the 18-game campaign.

The Selecao will begin their bid for a sixth World Cup title against Serbia on November 24 before also facing Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

Vinicius said the squad had developed a special bond that would serve the team well in football's premier international competition.

"I believe that every time we get together, the group is more united and more confident," he said. "I think that's the most important thing of all. You can have the best squad in the world but if there's no unity or connection [between the players], it can be complicated. In addition to having good players, everyone likes each other and wants to make the most of being involved in the World Cup," he added

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