There have been many controversies. Some even with racist overtones, calling the Brazilian player “monkey” or that “he has to stop playing the monkey.” They have been heard on television talk shows or read about on social networks. And in the face of a debate that has been growing over time, Vinicius has had to make a video in which he asks for respect, to put an end to racism and in which he assures that he will continue dancing after a goal because “they are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world”.
“‘As long as the color of the skin is more important than the brightness of the eyes, there will be war.’ I have that phrase tattooed on my body. I have that thought permanently in my head. That is the attitude and philosophy that I try to put into practice in my life », Vinicius said at the beginning of his statement, made on video through his social networks. The player adds that “they say that happiness bothers. The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more. But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that. You can’t even imagine it. I was a victim of xenophobia and racism in a single statement. But none of that started yesterday.
The Real Madrid player remembers that he is not the only one who dances after a goal. Even players like Griezmann or Cunha do it, Atlético de Madrid footballers against whom Koke did not say anything. Even the Frenchman has celebrated goals by dancing at the Bernabéu and there was never any bad gesture or controversy. “Weeks ago they began to criminalize my dances. Dances that are not mine. They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, Paquetá, Griezmann, Joao Félix, Matheus Cunha… they belong to Brazilian funk and sambista artists, to reggaeton singers, and to black Americans. They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it. I’m not going to stop,” said Vinicius.
«I come from a country where poverty is very great, where people do not have access to education… and in many cases, no food on the table! On and off the field. I have developed an application to help the education of children in public schools without financial help from anyone. I am making a school with my name. I will do much more for education. I want the next generations to be prepared, like me, to fight against racists and xenophobes”, continued the Brazilian Real Madrid player.
For Vinicius «the script always ends with an apology and a «I have been misunderstood». But I repeat it for you, racist: I will not stop dancing. Whether at the Sambadrome, at the Bernabéu or wherever. With the love and smiles of someone who is very happy.
Real Madrid defends him
With a statement, Real Madrid defended Vinicius pointing out “the unfortunate and unfortunate comments directed” towards Vinicius. “Real Madrid CF rejects all kinds of racist and xenophobic expressions and behaviors in the field of football, sport and life in general, such as the unfortunate and unfortunate comments made in recent hours against our player Vinicius Junior”, starts the text on the club website.
«Real Madrid wants to show all its love and support for Vinicius Junior, a player who understands football as an attitude towards life based on joy, respect and sportsmanship. Football, which is the most global sport that exists, must be an example of values and coexistence,” the statement continues.