Vinicius Jr Deserves Ballon d’Or: Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino’s Claim After Real Madrid’s UCL 2024 Triumph

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has boldly asserted that Vinicius Jr has done everything necessary to win the Ballon d’Or this season.

Vinicius Jr concluded his season on a high note, scoring the decisive goal in Real Madrid’s Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium, London. The Brazilian winger has emerged as a top contender for the Ballon d’Or, thanks to his stellar performances with Los Blancos, contributing to their triumphs in the Champions League, La Liga, and Spanish Super Cup.

Vinicius Jr Deserves Ballon d’Or: Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino’s Claim After Real Madrid’s UCL 2024 Triumph
Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring his team's second goal. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Vinicius Jr, aged 23, scored the second goal for Real Madrid in the final, securing the club’s 15th Champions League title with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Despite a challenging first half where Madrid struggled to register a shot on target, they dominated the latter stages of the game. Dani Carvajal broke the deadlock with a header from a corner at the 74-minute mark, and Vinicius followed up with a stunning goal nine minutes later.

In the first half, Dortmund controlled the game, creating several opportunities but failing to convert, leaving the scoreline unchanged. However, Madrid’s second-half resurgence proved decisive.

Carlo Ancelotti, after securing Madrid’s 15th UCL title, firmly stated, “Vini Jr deserves the Ballon d’Or. I’ve no doubts.” Club president Florentino Perez echoed these sentiments, confidently backing Vinicius for the prestigious award, saying, “Vini Jr should win Ballon d’Or. There is no doubt.”

Perez also provided an update on veteran Luka Modric’s future, expressing optimism about the Croatian maestro continuing with the team for another season. “I think Luka Modric will stay with us; I think he will continue for one more season,” said Perez.

This season, Vinicius has been in sensational form, scoring 24 goals and providing 11 assists, making him a prime contender for individual awards. Madrid’s second-half performance saw them come alive, with Dortmund’s keeper Gregor Kobel saving a Toni Kroos free kick and Carvajal narrowly missing with a header.

Kroos’s assist was a fitting farewell for the Germany international midfielder, marking his final game for the club. Kroos, along with Carvajal, Nacho, and Modric, equaled Real Madrid legend Francisco Gento’s record of six titles, further cementing their legacy.

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Madrid’s decisive second goal came after Dortmund’s Ian Maatsen lost possession near their own box, allowing Jude Bellingham to set up Vinicius Jr, who fired home unchallenged.

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In a spectacular display of resilience and skill, Real Madrid clinched their 15th UEFA Champions League (UCL) title, defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. This victory further solidifies Madrid’s dominance in European football, extending their record to more than double that of AC Milan, who hold seven UCL trophies.

Vinicius Jr Deserves Ballon d’Or: Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino’s Claim After Real Madrid’s UCL 2024 Triumph
Real Madrid's celebration moment. Photo Credit: Sky Sports

After Real Madrid defeated Dortmund at Wembley, former club legends Sergio Ramos and Marcelo congratulated the team on social media.

After defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium, Real Madrid won their 15th trophy, continuing their reign as the UEFA Champions League’s dominant team. Madrid made the most of their opportunities in front of goal and once again showed grit and perseverance throughout the game.

Even though Dortmund gave Real Madrid some significant challenges in the first half, Carlo Ancelotti’s team proved their mettle on the grand stage as Real Madrid defeated Dortmund to win a record-tying 15th championship. It wasn’t a one-sided ending. With seven UCL trophies under their belt, they have already more than doubled the lead held by second-place AC Milan.

As iconic players Toni Kroos and Nacho Fernandes played their final games for the team and said goodbye to their illustrious careers with six Champions League crowns, it was a particularly memorable victory for Madrid.

After Real Madrid defeated Dortmund at Wembley, former Los Blancos legends Sergio Ramos and Marcelo congratulated the team on social media.

FC Barcelona, Madrid’s bitter rivals, also wrote a message on Facebook congratulating them for pulling off a tremendous victory.
The Catalan giants stated, “Congratulations to Real Madrid for winning the Champions League title.”

Real Madrid, meanwhile, took the lead after a slow first half when Vinicius Jr. scored the second goal nine minutes later and Dani Carvajal headed in from a corner after 74 minutes. Due to his amazing header that ended the tie, veteran Carvajal was named Player of the Match.

Carvajal summarised the match brilliantly following his team’s most recent late comeback, which allowed them to achieve a LaLiga-Champions League double.

“After the first half we didn’t even deserve to go to the changing room with a level score,” he stated. “But we came out of the first half alive, knowing that we would have our moment … and here it is” .

After his final game for Madrid, Kroos was thrilled to end his career with another Champions League championship under his belt.
“This is the ideal conclusion, exactly what I had always imagined. Really, I want to thank all of you,” Kroos stated following the game.

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