"The best" - Vinicius Jr responds to Reece James as Chelsea defender hails Real Madrid attacker as one of his toughest opponents


Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Jr has responded to Reece James after the Chelsea right-back hailed the Brazilian as one of his toughest opponents. James, 22, chose Vinicius as one of the three players he has found it most difficult to come up against during his career. The English full-back responded to a fan's question on his Twitter account, saying:

"3 hardest players I’ve ever played against are all left wingers! Vinicius Jr, Leao and Mane!"

Vinicius Jr has responded to James' praise by tweeting:

"The best (hands raised)."

Vinicius and James have been in scintillating form this season for Real Madrid and Chelsea, respectively. The Brazilian winger has found the net 10 times and contributed five assists in 21 appearances across competitions.

 He is with Brazil at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and has started both Selecao's opening two wins over Serbia 2-0 and Switzerland 1-0. Meanwhile, James is missing the tournament due to a knee injury he picked up against AC Milan in October.

The right-back has been in fine form, making 11 appearances, scoring two goals, contributing as many assists, and helping the Blues keep four clean sheets. James has fought against Vinicius on four occasions, winning two, drawing one, and losing one of those fixtures. The Real Madrid winger has managed two assists in those games.

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