New Real Madrid signing Reinier Jesus has revealed he is looking to emulate compatriot and former Galactico Kaka at the Bernabeu.
The Brazilian joined Los Blancos from Flamengo in January for £26m and was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player by president Florentino Perez on Tuesday.
Can Reinier emulate Kaka? Five things to know…
- Reinier completed a £26m-move from Flamengo to Real Madrid in January.
- The teenager says he’s looking to emulate compatriot Kaka’s success.
- Kaka won the 2007 Ballon d’Or award and scored 95 goals for AC Milan.
- He joined Real Madrid for £56m in 2009 though he struggled to hit the heights in Spain.
- But he is still widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation.
In an emotional press conference which saw the teenager break down in tears, Reinier said he was fulfilling a “childhood dream” by joining the Spanish giants, adding that he is looking up to 2007 Ballon d’Or-winner Kaka.
“I want to be a part of the history of this great club,” Reinier said. “Today is a very happy day for me as I get to fulfil a childhood dream.”
He added: “Kaká is my hero, he’s Brazilian and I’ve always watched him.
“I like to get into the box and score. I like playing one-twos.
“I’m really grateful to Kaká because I’ve been able to share time with him, he told me a series of things and he was a great player who’s played for Real Madrid.
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“There’s no doubt that there are many things for me to improve on. I’m comfortable in attack and I play in every position. On the inside is where I played in Brazil and where I’ll play wherever I am.”
Reinier only made his senior Flamengo debut in July 2019 but has already scored six goals in 15 club appearances, picking up Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Copa Libertadores winners’ medals along the way.
Real Madrid face Levante on Saturday evening.