TEAM: Real Madrid

HOMETOWN: São Gonçalo, Brazil

DATE OF BIRTH: July 12, 2000

POSITION: Left-wing

Vini Jr is one of the hottest talents in world football.

The winger made his breakthrough in March 2017 when he led Brazil to the Under-17 South American Championship. He was voted as Player of the Tournament and finished as the competition's top scorer with seven goals.

Vini Jr made his first-team debut for Flamengo two months later. He had played just 17 minutes of senior football when a deal was reached for him to join Real Madrid after his 18th birthday. The winger went on to make 37 league appearances for Flamengo before moving to the Spanish capital in July 2018.

Vini Jr made a total of 30 appearances during his first season at the Bernabéu before helping Real Madrid to lift the LaLiga title and Supercopa de España in his second campaign. By the end of the 2021-22 season, Vini Jr had firmly established himself among the world's best players. He scored 22 goals in all competitions - including the decisive goal in the Champions League final - as Real Madrid ended the season with three trophies.

He has since inherited Los Blancos' iconic No. 7 shirt, received two Ballon d'Or nominations and gone on to win the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Vini Jr is also a key player for the Brazilian national team.

Outside of football, he created The Vini Jr Institute to provide access to education for disadvantaged children in Brazil.