Both players are at different stages of their careers, but recently they are fulfilling their dreams. Alves has recently returned to Barcelona and has an appetite to play at the World Cup, despite being closer than farther to the end of his football adventure. The right-back has his best years behind him, and Vinicius is just entering them. Even so, the experience of Alves as the most successful footballer in the world with 46 trophies under his belt should not be underestimated.
Vinicius has only won five titles so far, but is only at the beginning of his career. This season there was an explosion in form for the winger, who scored 14 goals and 9 assists in 26 appearances. He even began to play more often for the Brazilian national team, although Tite could not convince him for a long time. Until now, he had not been able to meet Alves on the pitch, who was one of the symbols for years Canarinhos.
A duel of generations
Now both players can compete directly with each other. Vinicius’ role in the left wing is fairly obvious, but it is not known how Alves will be positioned. The 38-year-old gives Xavi many options and it is difficult to predict whether he will play as a right-back, in the back line or as a winger. Regardless of his position, one of his tasks may be holding back Vinicius. The 21-year-old would be a hell of a challenge for a veteran due to his speed, dynamics and technical skills. Alves no longer has the same motor skills as he used to be, but his bravery and experience have remained the same. It would certainly be an interesting clash between the former big star and the emerging talent of Brazilian football.
Alves has faced Real 45 times (26 games are Classic) and has not played more often with any team. The Brazilian scored 22 victories and suffered 16 losses. He shot Królewskie two goals. The last duels with Los Blancos They were not, however, favorable to Alves as he was a Juventus and PSG player. The defeat in the Champions League final was especially painful for him. Alves also lost his last Classic on April 2, 2016 (1: 2). Many of his current teammates were playing for youth teams at the time, some of them even outside Blaugrana.
Vinicius, on the other hand, has played with Barcelona 7 times, which is also his highest result. The balance sheet is four wins, one draw and two losses. Vinicius scored one goal, crucial for the fate of El Clásico in March 2020. The last four games of the Brazilian with Blaugrana ended with a victory for Real, and the previous time Barça emerged victorious from the competition in the 2018/2019 season. Interestingly, Alves has lost the last four clashes to Royal. The veteran will have to help stop Vinicius so that Barcelona and himself can count on ending the bad streak.