Reinier Jesus will at least have some countrymen to help him settle into his new surroundings in the Spanish capital. Last week saw Real Madrid complete a deal to sign the Brazilian midfielder for £26 million from Flamengo with the 18-year-old putting pen to paper on a six-year contract. Reinier is just the next player in a long string of Brazilians to have pitched up at the Santiago Bernabeu recently.
First, Vinicius Junior arrived, making the move from Flamego to Real Madrid after his 18th birthday in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £40 million. A year later Rodrygo made the move from Santos to the Spanish capital for a fee of around £35 million. The two players have been compared ever since, playing a similar role at a similar age from the same country for the same club. Now they will be joined by Reinier, a player likened to Kaka in the way he plays the game.
Of course, Real Madrid are a club that has long been fascinated with Brazilian football. The Santiago Bernabeu has been home to the likes of Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Kaka and Robinho over the years. Now, Real Madrid is once again harnessing a group of Brazilian players.
This time is slightly different. Previously, Real Madrid targeted Brazilian players like Kaka and Ronaldo once they had already risen to the top of the sport. In contrast, Reinier, Rodrygo and Vinicius Real Madrid have this time gone straight to the source, luring these players directly from the country of their origin.
Patience will be required to develop the trio into the world class operators Real Madrid have bought them to be. That isn’t always in abundance at the Santiago Bernabeu where fans expect immediate results, but Rodrygo and Vinicius have shown that it’s possible to make an immediate impact at one of the biggest clubs in world football.
Reinier is the son of Mauro Brasilia, a Brazilian futsal legend, and is considered one of the country’s brightest midfield prospects. He scored six goals in 14 appearances for Flamengo last season as the club went on to win the league title. Real Madrid will now look to harness Reinier in the same way they have done with Rodrygo and Vinicius. A large part of the future of the club can be found in these three players.
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