Emotional Vinícius Júnior losing desire to play after racist abuse in Spain

Brazil winger breaks down in tears during press conferenceVinícius: ‘It’s hard to move forward … I feel less like playing’

Vinícius Júnior, the Real Madrid and Brazil winger, broke down in tears when asked about the repeated and systematic barrage of racist abuse he has received while playing in La Liga.

Speaking ahead of his national team’s Tuesday night friendly match with Spain, the country where he has played since 2018, Vinícius said: “I just want to play football but it’s hard to move forward … I feel less and less like playing. It never crossed my mind [to leave Spain] because if I leave Spain I give the racists exactly what they want.”

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