The Barcelona legend says Vinicius Jr needs to change his behavior to silence critics


Former Barcelona centre-back Carles Puyol has called on Vinicius Jr to focus on football following criticism of the Brazilian’s behavior on the pitch.

Vinicius has hit the headlines in many media outlets, drawing the ire of rival players and fans for his actions on the pitch and Puyol has given his opinion on the matter, claiming that Vinicius should focus on what he can do with the ball.

“I would like to talk to him as a teammate and tell him what I think and feel. He is a great player who makes a difference and is to be admired. If he changed his behavior, there would be more praise,” Puyol told reporters.


Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has consistently supported Vinicius in the face of comments and criticism, where he recently claimed that the winger was shown ‘disrespect’ in Madrid’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in January.

The Brazilian was the most fouled player in the Spanish football elite last season and has often complained that he is not being protected by the referees.

Otherwise, Vinicius is expected to start Real Madrid’s match against Braga in the Champions League on Wednesday, where they need at least one point to mathematically secure passage to the knockout stage.