Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has told his Brazil teammate Vinicius Junior to start thinking big. This is coming, despite the Vinicius’ below-par debut for Brazil.
According to Casemiro, Vinicius should set his sights on winning big awards like the Ballon D’or alongside other major honors and not derive satisfaction from just making his Brazilian debut.
Vinicius featured for Brazil in the 1 nil friendly loss to Peru. This was Brazil’s first defeat after the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“Vinicius has a very good head and, in the past year, he has surprised many people with the football he played,” Casemiro told reporters.
“It is not normal for a 19-year-old boy to do what he did with the Real Madrid shirt. I told him the other day that this year is a year that he has to start thinking big.
“I repeat: what he did last year was not normal. He surprised everyone and showed that he is ready to be a starter at Real Madrid.
“When you are a starting Real Madrid player, you have to think big. Think of the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s World XI. He is a great player and he has already proven it.
“Of course, he is very young, you cannot put too much pressure and weight on his back. But I think he has to start thinking big.
“It is very important for us that he is here with the national team, but we have to be calm; two years ago he was playing in the Flamengo youth team,” he added.