“There is practically unanimous view of the deal as a success,” Pena said. “If anybody gets criticised it is Real Madrid, for the risk they have taken, but they are sure that it will work. There were other clubs interested, and one offered to pay more money … Barca’s remuneration package offer for the player was higher than Real Madrid.
“But as we had reached an agreement with Real, we did not want to make this last push for them to match it. That could have embittered the relationship. Many people think it is crazy what Madrid are doing, but they were not alone in this craziness. They were not the only ones willing to pay this much for Vinicius.”
There seems to be a stirr over him, as there are some rumors of a clause forcing Flamengo to play him often, and some players obviously are pissed off about it, as he seem to be not ready. I heard one of the players who seemed genuinely worry about whether playing at this level when he is not yet up to it might actually hurt his development. Probably bullshit rumor, but the situation (like Donnarumma's at Milan, in a different way) shows how ****ing crazy it is to involve underage teenagers in operations for dozens of millions of dollars. It's just a bad combination.