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The Secret to Vinicius Junior’s Success

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The Brazilian has taken a page from some of his more senior teammates and hired a personal trainer to improve his strength, speed, and diet.

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Vinicius Junior’s recent on-field success is no coincidence. Earlier this year, the young Brazil decided to take his training methods to the next level. He hired a personal trainer, Thiago Lobo, to help him become stronger, quicker, and improve his diet. For most players at Real Madrid, it is not uncommon to hire personnel to continue their training away from Valdebebas. Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, and Dani Carvjal are just a few names who have been documented or quoted to be working with a trainer in addition to the work done with Zidane and his staff at Real Madrid City.

Thiago Lobo is a well known name among Brazilian football. He has worked as the physiotherapist for Santos, the Brazilian youth national teams, and exclusively for players like Neymar, Gabigol, and Marquinhos. After Vinicius injured his ankle against Ajax last season, the Brazilian hired his compatriots services to elevate his game and avoid any future injuries.

Lobo’s work is completed in tandem with the plan constructed by Real Madrid fitness coach, Gregory Dupont. Vinicius, like so many Madrid players, has built an in-home gym in his residence on the outskirts of the city. Lobo has helped construct his new diet which is prepared by a chef that Vinicius and his family hired after his first full year in Madrid.

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At just 19-years-old, the Brazilian recognizes the sacrifice and work ethic required not only to join Real Madrid, but to “make it” at Real Madrid and mark the next era. His explosive performance this weekend vs Real Sociedad was a testament to the work he has put in over the course of the last year. The teenager still has plenty of room to grow and improve, but his recent performances prove he can be decisive for Real Madrid in the final stretch for the La Liga title.