“You’re Not Alone” – Kylian Mbappe and Ronaldo Joins Neymar and Other Superstars in Supporting Vinicius Jr Following Saddening Incident in La Liga

Published 05/22/2023, 7:48 AM EDT

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Racism continues to plague soccer, with leagues failing to eradicate the issue with stern steps. Soccer players had always stood up with fellow players subjected to racial abuse on and off the field. 

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Real Madrid starlet Vinicius Jr. received racial abuse during a recent La Liga game against Valencia. Alongside his teammates and fans superstars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. and legends like Rio Ferdinand and Ronaldo Nazario joined in to show their support for Vini. The solidarity shown by fellow stars and legends will help to bring attention to the issue, and everyone will hope the solution arrives soon.

Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe supports Vinicius Jr

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The recent La Liga game between Valencia and Real Madrid took center stage. The brawl between the players marred the game, which saw Vinicius getting a red card. However, it all started with the Brazilian starlet being racially abused by Valencia fans. He asked for the expulsion of one of the fans. Real Madrid eventually lost the game but this controversial incident was much graver than that.

Vinicius Jr. took to social media to share his feelings about continuous racial abuse. Soon the fans and his teammates came in the support of the Brazilian. His fellow countryman Neymar Jr. and PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe showed their support for the Real Madrid starlet in tough times. Neymar Jr. wrote “To contigo,” on his Instagram story, which translates to, With You.

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French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe captioned his Instagram story“You’re not alone. We are with you, and we support you.” It is a good gesture from PSG superstars. AC Milan star Rafael Leao and Brazilian Lucas Paqueta also showed their support for Vinicius Jr. It wasn’t the first time the 22-year-old had to face despicable racial abuses. The heartbreaking incidents occurred during the whole season. Now, with more soccer stars coming out to support the players, it’s time that there are strict actions against the fans involved.

Soccer legends also join Mbappe and Neymar Jr.

Real Madrid and Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario, who also owns a club in La Liga, had some stern words. He took to Twitter to share his feelings and urged the referees, federation, and authorities to act fast. He wrote, “Vini, count on me in your fight. In our fight.”

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand took to Instagram to share a lengthy post and called for the superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to take up the issue. Ferdinand wasn’t impressed with the way the referee sent off Vinicius Jr. for the brawl. He feels it’s time for authorities to take stringent actions. Certainly, this issue requires major actions from authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of soccer stars.

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Nikhil Nibe

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Nikhil is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 450 articles that showcase his expertise and love for the beautiful game. With a passion for soccer that spans over two decades, Nikhil is well-versed in covering core sports articles. As a die-hard fan of Real Madrid, Nikhil understands the importance of team spirit and the unwavering support of fans in changing the course of a game.
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