Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior (born 12 July 2000), commonly known as Vinícius Júnior or Vinícius Jr (Brazilian Portuguese: is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid.
Born in the São Gonçalo, a city in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, Vinícius began his professional career at Flamengo, where he made his senior debut in May 2017, at age 16, and finished the campaign by helping the team win the Campeonato Carioca. A few weeks later, Vinícius was the subject of a transfer to La Liga club Real Madrid, for whom he signed for in a national record R$195 million (€46 million) deal, which was made effective after his 18th birthday.
In June 2017, Vinicius appeared at 39th place on The Telegraph’s list of the best under-21 players in the world. He was the only player playing in South America at the time to appear on the list.