By scoring twice in Flamengo’s 2-0 win over Atletico Goianiense, Vinicius Junior’s fame has grown and grown, but the 17-year-old remains grounded and is not getting carried away.
Just days after his coach Reinaldo Rueda had sacrificed him after eight minutes when the team’s goalkeeper Alex Muralha was sent off, the young forward and future Real Madrid player starred against the newly promoted side and he realises that good things come to those who wait.
“I need to know how to wait,” he explained to MARCA about expectations of starting more frequently.
“I realise that people are asking for me to go on and to play more, but everything has its moment.
“What is important now is to keep scoring goals and to help Flamengo.”
It is the fact that he is playing for his boyhood club that makes the young forward so excited.
“It was always a dream to play professionally for Flamengo and I didn’t think that moment would arrive at the age of 16,” he admits.
“That was a moment of pride for me.
“The group have always given me confidence.”
Since debuting against Atletico Mineiro in the Maracana last May, Vinicius Junior has played 520 minutes across 18 matches, starting four times.
It has been an encouraging time for him, but the priority for the team is to win now and he has been left out on some occasions.
Yet the youngster recognises the need to remain patient at what he calls “the biggest team in Brazil”.
Following his time in Rio de Janiero, he’ll then link up with his new club Real Madrid, which will surely be another moment to be proud of.