In a stunning proclamation, La Liga’s head honcho, Javier Tebas, declares that Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr is, unequivocally, “one of the best players in the world” and boldly predicts that the coveted Ballon d’Or will surely be bestowed upon the Brazilian phenom this very year. And if that weren’t enough to spark astonishment, Tebas also divulges that he intends to throw his support behind Los Blancos in their upcoming UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg battle with Manchester City. He waxes eloquent about the first leg’s gripping tit-for-tat struggle, especially lauding Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for his artful goal-scoring feat that earned the Sky Blues a 1-1 draw on Madrid’s turf. It’s all part and parcel of Tebas’s admiration for Madrid’s “incredible” performance and his overall esteem for Vinicius Jr’s incomparable and unparalleled skills. To top it all off, Tebas notes his surprise at Vinicius Jr’s omission from the FIFPRO selection, further cementing his absolute conviction that Vinicius Jr’s star is on the rise and his reputation as one of the world’s finest footballers is beyond reproach.