clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Vinícius, Rodrygo, and Bellingham Console Distraught Yan Couto After Real Madrid vs. Girona Clash

Real Madrid CF v Girona FC - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Diego Souto/Getty Images

In a poignant display of sportsmanship, Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior, Rodrygo, and Jude Bellingham rallied around a tearful Yan Couto after the intense clash against Girona at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday night.

The stakes were high as Real Madrid faced off against Girona in a crucial La Liga encounter. For Yan Couto, the 21-year-old right-back who has been turning heads this season, it was a night that would test his mettle against some of the best attackers in the league.

Couto, who is reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar as a potential future right-back signing, had a challenging evening, to put it mildly. His performance was overshadowed by Vinícius Júnior, who relentlessly tormented him down the wing. The Brazilian winger’s dribbling skills left Couto scrambling all night. To add to Couto’s woes, he conceded a late penalty by fouling Arda Güler inside the box.

What made the situation even more heart-wrenching for Couto was that he is a Real Madrid fan. Playing at the iconic Bernabéu, a place he dreams of calling home one day, should have been a moment of pride, and, surely, even an audition. Instead, it turned into a nightmare. The weight of not living up to expectations visibly crushed him, and as the final whistle blew, Couto broke down in tears.

In a touching scene, Vinícius, Rodrygo, and Bellingham surrounded Couto on the pitch, one by one, in that order. Their empathy transcended club rivalries. Vinícius, who had heavily outplayed Couto during the match, offered words of encouragement. Rodrygo, his fellow Brazilian, patted him on the back, acknowledging the emotional toll. And Bellingham, the rising English star, shared a knowing look—a gesture that said, “We’ve all been there.”

The trio’s actions exemplified the spirit of football—a brotherhood that extends beyond the ninety minutes of play. As Couto wiped away tears, he found solace in their support. It was a reminder that even in defeat, there’s room for compassion and camaraderie.

For Yan Couto, this game will serve as a valuable lesson. The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, and every player faces moments of vulnerability. As he continues to develop, he’ll carry the memory of this night—the night when Vinícius, Rodrygo, and Bellingham showed him that football isn’t just about winning; it’s about lifting each other up when the world feels heavy.

Note: Yan Couto’s impressive season stats—ranking fourth in La Liga assists and third in progressive carries—underscore his potential. Real Madrid’s interest may still remain, and perhaps one day, he’ll don the iconic white jersey at the Bernabéu.


Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Managing Madrid Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Real Madrid news from Managing Madrid