Written by on June 3, 2024

Written by: Floyd Nkanyane

Vinicius Crowns King’s Coronation at Wembley with Ballon d’Or Charge

In a land where legends are forged, the hallowed turf of Wembley bore witness to yet another crowning moment for Real Madrid’s Brazilian prince, Vinicius Junior. As the final grains of sand trickled through the hourglass of another European campaign, the 23-year-old Phenom etched his name into the annals of Los Blancos folklore with a strike as venomous as a viper’s bite.

The young Brazuca’s late dagger to the heart of Borussia Dortmund not only extended Real’s regal reign in the Champions League to a record-shattering 15th title but also served as a bold exclamation point on his own burgeoning case for the game’s most prestigious individual honour – the Ballon d’Or.

“Ballon d’Or? Vinicius Jr has just taken the Ballon d’Or!” bellowed Rio Ferdinand, the former England stalwart turned pundit, his voice echoing through the hallowed halls of the cathedral of football. “He has the Ballon d’Or in the bag now. Wow. At the biggest moments of the Champions League this season, Vinicius Jr has stepped up.”

Indeed, with a scintillating campaign that saw him plunder 24 goals across all competitions, including a half-dozen in Europe’s elite club competition, the Brazilian has well and truly arrived on the global stage. From the decisive strike that slew Liverpool in last year’s final to his Wembley heroics, Vinicius has become the man for the grandest of occasions.

But the young king’s coronation may yet face a challenge from an unexpected source – his own teammate, the English rose Jude Bellingham. The 20-year-old midfield marauder has blossomed into a force of nature in his debut season at the Bernabeu, plundering 19 goals in La Liga alone to finish as the Spanish top-flight’s third-highest scorer.

And it was Bellingham’s deft touch that teed up Vinicius’ Wembley coup de grace, prompting the youngster to playfully interrupt his teammate’s post-match interview with a cheeky “assistencia bonitinha (cute assist)” in Portuguese.


As the celebrations raged long into the Madrid night, the young pretenders to the throne displayed a bond that transcends language and nationality, a brotherhood forged in the white-hot crucible of Real Madrid’s never-ending pursuit of glory.

For Vinicius, however, such individual accolades pale in comparison to the euphoria of collective triumph. “I don’t care about the Ballon d’Or,” he proclaimed amid the revelry. “People close to me and around me tell me that I’m the best, and I believe it. That’s good for me.”

In that moment, the Brazilian prince displayed a wisdom beyond his years, a understanding that true greatness lies not in personal conquests but in the sacred quest to etch one’s name alongside the immortals of the game’s grandest stage. And if his Wembley coronation is any indication, Vinicius Junior’s reign may just be beginning.

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