Real Betis legend, Joaquin has apologised to Vinicius Junior for saying that the Brazilian is ‘really bad’ after he missed a chance against the Seville side in Madrid’s last league match.
The Brazilian youngster, despite all his talents, has been criticised for his lack of composure in the final third. He had a great chance to score the winner for the Blancos in the dying minutes of the match but he missed it, prompting the Spaniard to say ‘he’s really bad’.
Unfortunately for Joaquin, however, his action was caught on TV and he has now come out to apoligise to the Brazilian, who he believes is a great talent with a bright future ahead of him.
"That was just a throw-away remark which you make in the heat of the moment - I should never have said it," Joaquín was quoted by AS.
"And to say that Vinicius is no good in front of goal - it's not something that I invented. I'm not saying that he's a bad player - if he was, he wouldn't be at Real Madrid. It was just a comment I made to myself and something I said to the fitness trainer.”
"Who am I to criticise? I'm about as dangerous in front of goal as a gypsy with no cousins..." he quipped. "But sincerely, I feel bad about what I said and I would like to publicly say sorry because he's only 19 and if I come out saying things like that… I hope you know I'm not like that. He's a great player and he's got a brilliant future ahead of him. There was no intention on my part to cause offence".