Ronaldo Declares Vinicius Unquestionably the World’s Finest Footballer

Brazilian football icons have rallied behind Vinicius Junior, endorsing him for the Ballon d’Or alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Jude Bellingham. Ronaldo, the legendary striker, emphatically claims that Vinicius stands as the top footballer globally, without a rival in sight, as he’s backed strongly for the Ballon d’Or this year.

2024 has turned out stellar for Vinicius, with key performances that helped Madrid reclaim the LaLiga title. He also scored crucially in their Champions League final triumph over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Vinicius dazzled, topping Madrid’s scoring charts with 24 goals in all competitions, earning plaudits from Ancelotti, Bellingham, and even Neymar for the coveted Ballon d’Or.

If victorious, Vinicius would join the elite cadre of Brazilians like Kaka, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo – the latter having clinched it twice – already adorned with this honor. Ronaldo views this achievement as inevitable. Speaking to ESPN Brasil, he praised Vinicius’ decisive performances for Real Madrid, dubbing him today’s paramount player globally.

Ronaldo recalled introducing Vinicius during his initial days at Madrid, building a friendship and often discussing football nuances. Observing Vinicius’ breathtaking growth and Champions League and LaLiga feats this year, Ronaldo expressed his conviction about Vinicius’s rightful claim to the Ballon d’Or.

As Vinicius sets his sights on the Copa America held in the United States, Brazil is tipped as a frontrunner. Rivaldo, the 1999 Ballon d’Or winner, agrees with Ronaldo, suggesting a Copa America victory would cement Vinicius’s claim to the award. Rivaldo insists that Vinicius already merits the Ballon d’Or but acknowledges that clinching the Copa America would be the cherry on top.

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