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Rumoured Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior makes nervous senior debut for Flamengo

The 16-year-old took his first steps in Flamengo's senior team but looked nervous and struggled to keep the ball

The eyes of world football are firmly trained on Flamengo wunderkid Vinicius Junior.

As if having to carry around the ‘new Neymar’ tag wasn’t enough pressure, there is also talk of Real Madrid making a £40million move for the 16-year-old.

‘See that big square thing?’

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‘See that big square thing?’

So when he made his senior debut for Flamengo, coming on in the last eight minutes against Atletico Mineiro, there was always going to be plenty of scrutiny.

It’s fair to say the forward didn’t look particularly comfortable.

In fact, if we’re being completely honest, he looked like he wouldn’t be out of place on Hackney Marshes, rather than the Bernabeu.

Vinicius’ first touch saw the forward bundle a bouncing ball out of play when unmarked, which set the tone for a nervy cameo.

You’ve got this mate

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You’ve got this mate

Just take it down, nice and calm

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Just take it down, nice and calm

Maybe next time

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Maybe next time

To give the youngster credit, he never hid from the ball and repeatedly tried to get on it and show what he can do.

But after an over hit cross and some dodgy stepovers the lasting impression from his debut wasn’t an overwhelmingly positive one.

As a 16-year-old we would break down with nerves trying to give a school presentation to 20 people, let alone 50,000 supporters at the Maracana.

A man who knows a thing or two about the pressure that comes with being a wonderkid

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A man who knows a thing or two about the pressure that comes with being a wonderkid

It wasn’t all bad. Vinicius did manage to swap his shirt with Robinho, whom he credits as his idol, at the end of the 1-1 draw.

And he’ll have plenty of time to settle in to the rigours of senior football, with a move to Madrid not expected to go through until Vinicius reaches the age of 18.

As long as he manages to stay awake on the bench he’ll already be doing a better job than Madrid cult hero Julien Faubert.