Former Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Jose Maria Gutierrez, also known as Guti, has made massive claims about Vinicius Jr., saying that the Brazilian winger has the potential to outshine Kylian Mbappe.
The 46-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder played for Real Madrid from 1995 to 2010, making over 500 appearances for the club. He was known for his technical ability and passing skills.
Guti has played an important role in Real Madrid’s success during his time with the team, winning numerous domestic and international titles, including five La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles. Guti became a coach after hanging up his boots but isn’t managing any club at the moment.
The former Real Madrid star has spoken out about his thoughts on the current Real star, Vinicius Jr., saying that the youngster is well capable of becoming a great footballer if he could work on his consistency.
Video📹- Camavinga talking about Vinicius Jr's 1v1 ability.pic.twitter.com/ou41TRnnQu
— 𝐂 𝐡 𝐚 𝐫 𝐀𝐈 (@Charaf_AI) April 14, 2023
Speaking to El Chiringuito, Guti said the following:
“It’s incredible […] The way he puts fear into defenders, how easily he can dribble one way or another.”
When asked if Vinicius was better than Mbappe, Guti said: “Of course. Current form? Number one right now.”
Vinicius Jr. has been amazing for Real Madrid
Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left Santiago Bernabeu, it has been an extremely difficult challenge for Los Blancos to successfully replace him. Real signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea to fill in the void CR7 left behind, but so far, Hazard has been totally ineffective, suffering from injury and poor physical fitness for multiple seasons.
Since joining Santiago Bernabeu in 2018, Vinicius Jr. has constantly improved his game throughout the years and has been in the form of his life in the current 2022-23 season. According to Transfermarkt, Vini has scored 21 goals and provided 16 assists in his 45 appearances across all competitions.
Vinicius Jr plays football today. https://t.co/l9nOO26fnq
— TC (@totalcristiano) April 12, 2023
Vinicius has also played an important role in Brazil’s 2022 World Cup campaign, where he constantly threatened the opposition from the left-wing position. His performances weren’t enough, though, as Brazil exited the tournament after losing a tiebreaker against Croatia in the quarterfinal.
Vinicius Jr. is on the correct path to becoming the game’s all-time greats, and given his 22-years young age, he seems to have more than enough years and all the necessary skills to do so.