Brazil and Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr ‘has filed a lawsuit to break out of £7m-a-year deal with Nike’, after 22-year-old was upset at ‘being given OLD BOOTS last season’
Brazil and Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr is ‘trying to get out of his £7million-a-year deal with Nike after the sportswear giant gave him old boots last season’.
Vinicius, 22, who has been one of the shining lights for his country at the World Cup in Qatar, feels ‘unfairly treated’ by the company.
According to O Globo in Brazil: ‘Vinicius has told his lawyers to attempt to get him out of his Nike deal.’
Vinicius Jr, pictured here after scoring the opener in Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea, has filed a lawsuit against Nike and wants to break out of his contract, according to reports
These are the boots being worn by Vinicius Jr at the World Cup in Qatar
As it stands, he is still under contract and continues to wear Nike boots at the World Cup, where he scored the opener in his side’s 4-1 win over South Korea on Monday evening.
Vinicius Jr’s deal with the sportswear manufacturer runs until 2028 and the lawsuit was filed just before the World Cup.
He wore an old version of Nike Mercurial boots during Real Madrid’s run to the Champions League title last season and the rapid attacker thinks Nike should give him more recognition as one of their biggest stars.
He is also said to have not attended a number of Nike company events.
The winger has been using an older model of Nike boots during the World Cup
Vinicius Jr has been one of the stars of the World Cup for his country so far in Qatar
His performances for Real Madrid last season and this term have been outstanding and elevated him to another level.
And the former Flamengo player has deals with EA Sports, Vivo, Casas Bahia, BetNacional, OneFootball, JetEngage, Golden Concept and Royaltiz and Pepsi.
If Vinicius Jr does indeed manage to cut ties with Nike, there will no doubt be a scramble for his signature from competitors such as a Adidas, Puma and Reebok.
He will next be in action for the Selecao when they play Croatia on Friday in the World Cup quarter-final.
Vinicius Jr slotted the opener against South Korea after showing great composure