On Tuesday, Real Madrid officially extended Vinicius Junior’s contract, securing the Brazilian forward’s presence at the club until the 2026-27 season. Vinicius’ initial contract was due to expire at the end of this season.
While the financial terms were not disclosed by the club, Spanish media reports suggest that this deal elevates Vinicius to the status of the team’s highest-paid player and includes a colossal buyout clause of 1 billion euros ($1.06 billion).
📝 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗟 𝗗𝗢𝗡𝗘: Vinicius Jr has signed a new deal with Real Madrid until 2027. ✍️#ViniJr2027 🇧🇷
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) October 31, 2023
During the contract signing, Vinicius posed alongside club president Florentino Perez and proudly displayed a Real Madrid jersey adorned with the number 2027. Vinicius, who joined the Spanish football giant in 2018 at the age of 18 from Brazilian club Flamengo, has now firmly established himself as a regular starter for both Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team.
Throughout his six seasons with Real Madrid, Vinicius has accumulated 235 appearances, netting 63 goals and contributing to the club’s impressive collection of nine titles, including a Champions League trophy and two La Liga championships.
Notably, he scored the decisive goal in the 2022 Champions League final, helping Real Madrid defeat Liverpool 1-0. His other honors with the club include a Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups, and two Club World Cups.
Real Madrid, in an official statement, acknowledged Vinicius as one of the “most influential players of recent years” for the club. Vinicius faced early doubts as he showcased his talent but struggled to make a consistent impact.
He was recognized for missed opportunities in front of the goal, along with his exceptional speed and skillful dribbling. However, he has steadily improved and evolved into a scoring threat and a gifted playmaker under coach Carlo Ancelotti’s guidance.
Vinicius faced a distressing incident of racial abuse last season in Valencia, which garnered widespread support from the football community and prompted action by Spanish authorities to combat racism in the country.
On a positive note, he was recently honored with the humanitarian award named after the late Brazilian midfielder Socrates for his charitable work, including the establishment of a foundation for underprivileged children.