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Brazilian Footballer Vinicius Junior Breaks Down in Tears Due to Racist Abuse in Spain, Both for Country and Club, Real Madrid

Vinicius Junior was visibly emotional as he revealed to reporters that the continuous racist abuse he experiences in Spain is dampening his motivation to continue playing football.

The renowned player for both Real Madrid and Brazil made these remarks during a press conference held before the upcoming international friendly against Spain, where he addressed the ongoing issue of racism in the country.

LaLiga authorities reported a total of 10 incidents of racial abuse to prosecutors last season, highlighting the prevalence of this problem. Most notably, Vinicius Junior was recently targeted with racist chants by fans of Atletico Madrid before a crucial Champions League match against Inter Milan.

Vinicius has faced widespread criticism in Spain for standing up against racism and on Monday he revealed the emotional toll this has taken on him.

“I just want to play football but it’s hard to move forward… I feel less and less like playing (due to the racist abuse),” Vinicius said, at times struggling to speak through tears.

“It never crossed my mind (to leave Spain) because if I leave Spain I give the racists exactly what they want.

“I will stay because that way the racists can continue to see my face more and more. I’m a bold player, I play for Real Madrid and we win a lot of titles and that doesn’t sit well with a lot of people.”