Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has backed Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior to win the Ballon d’Or.
Vinicius has enjoyed a superb campaign with Real Madrid this season.
The 22-year-old has scored 23 goals and registered 21 assists in 54 games across competitions for Los Blancos.
This magnificent season coming in the midst of a racism row has left a sour note on Vinicius’ feats.
However, Simeone has lifted the mood surrounding the Brazilian by claiming that he could be on course to win his first Ballon d’Or.
He said (via the Madrid Zone), “Can Vinícius Jr. win the Ballon D’Or? With everything he is doing, yes.”
Vinicius may struggle to earn his first Ballon d’Or award this season due to the accomplishments of rival players – Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne.