clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Pique discusses the differences between Ansu Fati and Vinicius Junior ahead of El Clasico

The veteran center back compared the subtle differences in the two young phenoms

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona - Copa del Rey Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Gerard Pique is never one to mince his words. If there is one thing you can say about the Barcelona center back, it is that he always speaks his mind — right or wrongly. In an interview with Movistar+ ahead of El Clasico this weekend, Pique was asked about the difference between Barcelona’s Ansu Fati (18) and Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior (21).

“Ansu or Vinicius? Vinicius is faster, more powerful, more pure. Ansu has the talent to score and can play as a striker. I would say that Ansu is a better goalscorer and Vinicius is very strong, and in a 1v1 situation, he is one of the best players in the world.”

Madrid’s eternal rival gave high praise to Vinicius Junior, a player he has had trouble against even when the Brazilian was just 18-years-old during his first season in La Liga. In the current campaign, Vinicius has “come of age” providing a combined 11 goals or assists in 11 matches. The electric pace, the jaw-dropping dribbling skills, and the defensive work-rate have always been there, but now end production has entered Vini’s game to help him develop into one of the most dangerous attackers in all of world football.