Madrid-bound Vinicius soars with Nene and Rockets

Real Madrid-bound Vinicius Junior spent some time with countryman Nene and NBA franchise the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Vinicius Junior will officially become a Real Madrid player upon his 18th birthday on July 12.   -  AFP

Before soaring with Spanish and European giant Real Madrid, teenage sensation Vinicius Junior is taking off in the NBA.

The 17-year-old Brazilian, who will officially become a Madrid player upon his 18th birthday on July 12 in a deal reportedly worth EUR 45million, spent some time with countryman Nene and NBA franchise Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

 

Vinicius watched Rockets beat Orlando Magic 116-98 in Houston, before later rubbing shoulders with Brazilian center Nene as the pair exchanged jerseys.

The Madrid-bound star is in the midst of his off-season after Flamengo – where he will remain on loan for the duration of Madrid's 2018-19 campaign – finished sixth in the Campeonato Brasileiro.

Vinicius scored four goals in all competitions after making his professional debut in May last year.

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