Striker Vinicius Jr, from Real Madrid (ESP) and the Brazilian national team, is in dispute with Nike, a supplier of sporting goods that has sponsored the athlete since he was 13 years old. The player still uses the brand’s boots only under contract, which runs until 2028, but he has already contacted lawyers to break the bond.
The cause of the fight, according to the UOL Sport, it is not just financial. Vini Jr believes he receives unfair treatment from the brand. He is Nike’s main asset in the Brazilian national team today, but he has been using the mercurial boots from the old collection at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
O UOL Sport sought the player’s staff, who said he will not comment on the case. The report also triggered Nike, which did not respond at the time of publication of this report. The story will be updated if the company takes a stand.
The fight with the supplier of sporting goods has been going on for a few months. Vini did not participate in the sponsor’s latest events, not even in the launch film for the new selection uniform – which in theory should be the star given the convergence of interests: Nike sponsors Brazil and also the Real Madrid striker.
Vini had a meteoric mediatic rise in this World Cup and was featured in several commercials, appearing to the Brazilian public even more than Neymar did during breaks between matches for the national team. In his social network, the player has a ‘highlight’ for each brand that closed a partnership, but not Nike. The action to organize the brands into highlights was done after the brand litigation, so Nike was never there.