The 22-year-old, who had some serious fouls and challenges against RCD Mallorca last weekend, appeared to be incensed by the speedrunner’s dribbling and dancing celebration when he scored.
It sparked a massive debate in Spanish football, with players, pundits, and fans alike talking about it.
Spanish agents association president Pedro Bravo told Vinicius Jr to “stop playing monkeys” after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Mallorca.
However, after Vinicius fell victim to racist abuse, Pele wrote in Portuguese on his official Twitter account: “Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party. “While racism still exists, we won’t let it stop us from continuing to smile. We will continue to fight racism in this way: for our right to be happy.”
Shortly after, another Atletico player, Alvaro Morata, also weighed in on the matter, insisting the Real Madrid superstar had nothing wrong to celebrate the way he wanted, as long as he didn’t cross the line.
Now, Vinicius’ Brazilian teammate and Paris Saint-Germain superstar has posted on his social media accounts to support the 22-year-old.
Vinicius Jr posted a video on social media in response to racist abuse directed at him while dancing.
He added: “A few weeks ago, they started criminalizing my dancing. It wasn’t my dancing.
“They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, [Lucas] Paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matthews Cunha … they belong to the Brazilian Gram and samba artist, reggae singer, and African American.
“These are dances that celebrate the world’s cultural diversity. Accept it, respect it. I’m not going to stop.