**Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior**, commonly known as **Vinícius Júnior** or **Vini Jr.**, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team ¹. He was born on July 12, 2000, in São Gonçalo, Brazil ¹.

Vinícius began his professional career at Flamengo, where he made his senior debut in 2017, at age 16 ¹. A few weeks later, Vinícius was the subject of a transfer to La Liga club Real Madrid, for whom he signed for in a £38 million deal, which was a national record for an U-18 player ¹. By his fourth season, Vinícius had established himself as a prominent member in Real Madrid’s squad, helping the club win the 2021–22 La Liga title and scoring the winning goal in Real Madrid’s 2022 UEFA Champions League final win ¹. At his youth stage for Brazil, he was a key player in the victory at the 2015 South American U-15 Championship and 2017 South American U-17 Championship, finishing as leading goalscorer in the latter competition ¹.

He made his senior debut in 2021 and helped his nation to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Copa América and represented them at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar ¹..

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