Weeks After Cristiano Ronaldo’s 3-Word Cheeky Request to Be Alongside Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, Real Madrid Star Finally Responds

Published 04/02/2023, 12:04 PM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a name that needs no introduction, as he is among the greatest soccer players ever. The striker has enjoyed a successful career, both on the international and domestic levels. Moreover, his list of achievements, both individually and collectively, goes a long way.

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The Portuguese striker is currently enjoying soccer on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia. The CR7 made a switch to Al Nassr, thus ending over a decade of soccer career in Europe. Since then, he’s been making his name in the foreign league.

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It is no surprise that the 38-year-old is an idol for many soccer players, with Vinicius Jr. being one of them. And it seems the current Real Madrid superstar has taken his obsession with his idol to a new level after his idol’s request.

Vinicius Jr. gave a heartwarming response to Cristiano Ronaldo

Even after Ronaldo’s absence, Real Madrid continues to flourish, with Vinicius playing a major part. But the winger dedicates all his success to his idol. In fact, the Madrid star recently hailed the Portuguese by adding a beautiful painting of Ronaldo to the wall of his home gym.

This comes after the latter, himself jokingly requested the Brazilian that he should be on his wall of legends. Vini Jr. actually has a painted wall of star sporting figures, including Ronaldo Nazario, Pele, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant. All the legends are painted in the gym of his home in Madrid.

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Ronaldo recently had a reunion with his former club after they fled to the Middle East to play in the Spanish Supercopa. Hence, it was at that time, the Portuguese superstar had a lengthy chat with Vinicius. Reportedly, he jokingly said, “I am missing” as his painting wasn’t there in the Brazilian’s home gym.

Now the Madrid starlet has paid tribute to Ronaldo, as he added the Los Blancos’ legend alongside Lakers star LeBron James to the wall. When Ronaldo visited his former club, Vinicius also shared a picture with the Al Nassr star, with a caption, “Meeting my biggest idol!” Indeed, the Portuguese skipper has really inspired the Brazilian winger.

Vini Jr. rejected the chance to wear number 7

Be as it may, the number 7 at Real Madrid is indeed an iconic one. It has been worn by many previous Madrid legends, with Ronaldo being a substantial one of them. And it seems Vinicius Jr. might have had a chance to wear the number.

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According to several reports, Real Madrid offered Vinicius Jr. the number 7, but the player swiftly declined the offer. The reason is that the Brazilian doesn’t want to handle the ‘weight’ the shirt possesses.

The iconic number was worn by the likes of Los Blancos legends, including Butragueño, Juanito, Raymond Kopa, Raúl, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Hence, the player is keen to stick with his current number 20 shirt, while currently, the iconic number is worn by Eden Hazard.

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Nevertheless, who do you think should wear the number 7 in Madrid? Let us know in the comments.

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Abhishek Mishra

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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a keen interest in sports, he is pursuing journalism and aspires to become a sports journalist. Watching and playing soccer since childhood, Abhishek has won many accolades as well.
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