Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior was awestruck by the midfield shift team-mate Toni Kroos put in during their Champions League quarter finals first-leg win over Liverpool.
Kroos set up the young Brazilian’s opener with a high-arcing ball over the Reds defence – an assist that led him to claim “nobody can play like” the German conductor.
There had been speculation entering the tie that Real might struggle to keep up with Liverpool in central areas due to their age, but it was instead 31-year-old Kroos and 35-year-old Luka Modric putting the visitors a step behind for most of the match.
“Toni Kroos is incredible, he is a legend,” Vinicius told RMC Sport. “Nobody can play like him. He has a lot of class.
“People from outside speak. I always keep working. I had never scored a double with this shirt, I think it’s my best moment. I pointed to the crest because I work too much. I always dreamed of playing at Real Madrid.
“I always keep working. My team-mates encourage me to do so. They give me confidence.”