Vinicius Junior was involved in everything in the Copa del Rey final: the good, the bad and the ugly. The Brazilian was the centre of attention in typical fashion.
Arguably the most talented player on the park, there was a buzz of expectation every time Real Madrid’s no.20 picked up the ball. He was a livewire and looked capable of making something happen at the drop of a hat.
His dribbling skill and ability to ghost past players played a key role in two goals, but it wasn’t just his football catching the eye.
Arguments and insults
Vinicius has been warned time and time again by Carlo Ancelotti and others to focus on his football and not get involved with any other distractions and nonsense.
Rival players know to try to wind him up, but sometimes he goes looking for arguments, too.
Multiple confrontations with Osasuna players earned Vini a yellow card in the first half and things almost bubbled over with altercations in the tunnel at half time. Lucas Vasquez was the one who separated Vini and Chimy Avila.
Meanwhile, the most unsavoury elements came from the stands with chants such as “die Vinicius” or “Vinicius son of a b****” raining down from the Rojillos’ fans.