Real Madrid Superstar Vinicius Jr. Just Called Out All Of Spain For Racist Behavior

Vinicius Jr.

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Soccer is a way of life in Europe. Many compare it to American football here, but it is much bigger, with huge political and social ramifications. Unfortunately, part of that is overt racism by fans of some of the biggest clubs in some of the biggest leagues in the world. And, Brazilian and Real Madrid star Vinícius Jr. has had enough of racist acts towards himself and teammates.

The 22-year-old superstar is considered by many to be the best winner in the world. Last year, he scored the winning goal in the Champions League Final against Liverpool, and he starred for Brazil at the World Cup.

This year has not been a great season for Real Madrid, as the team failed to win their domestic league, La Liga, as well as getting knocked out of the Champions League in the semifinals by Manchester City in embarrassing fashion.

But, now, the conversation is not revolving around Vinícius Jr. speaking out against racism.

Here are more details courtesy of ESPN.

Vinicius Junior hit out after he was allegedly racially abused by a fan — and later sent off — during Real Madrid’s 1-0 LaLiga defeat to Valencia on Sunday, saying “racism is normal in LaLiga.”

The game was stopped for almost 10 minutes during the second half at Mestalla, after Vinicius identified the fan in the crowd behind the Valencia goal.

“It wasn’t the first time, or the second, or the third. Racism is normal in La Liga,” Vinicius posted on Instagram. “The competition thinks it’s normal, the [Spanish Football] Federation does too, and opponents encourage it.

“I’m so sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi, today belongs to racists. A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which has agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world.

“I’m sorry for the Spaniards who don’t agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And unfortunately, with everything that happens each week, I can’t defend it. I agree. But I am strong and I will go to the end against the racists. Even if it’s far from here.”

This is certain to send shockwaves throughout all of the soccer world.