Vinicius lauded as mixture of Ronaldo's

After the departure of club-record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, it was meant to be the season for Gareth Bale to step up for the Spanish giants.

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But the injury troubles that has plagued his progression since his then world-record €100.8 million transfer in 2013 continued in the current 2018/19 season - allowing the Brazilian to take centre stage.

His budding understanding with the club's leading number nine Karim Benzema has made for impressive viewing and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes he's displaying the traits of two club legends.

"Vinicius has brought to the side an electricity, a sharpness and bravery they did not have," Balague said, as per BBC Football.

"In my eyes he has got a bit of both Ronaldos.

"When he starts running with the ball - the power, the strength, the pace, the control he has with the ball at his feet - is similar to that of the Brazilian Ronaldo.

"It doesn't mean he is going to be as good as either of the two Ronaldos and from here he has to have the right mentality, to work hard, be lucky with injuries, and have the confidence of the coaches.

"But right now he's got everyone in his pocket. Real Madrid's fans absolutely adore him."

Los Blancos forked a reported £38.7m (R683m) to secure his signature from Flamengo in May 2017 after just 17 minutes of senior football as a 16-year-old.