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Vinicius Jr may have to rethink Liverpool answer after breaking Champions League final record

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Real Madrid became champions of Europe for a 15th time on Saturday night with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. After a below-par first half, Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr were on target for Carlo Ancelotti's men in the second period.

It was a second goal in as many Champions League finals for Vinicius, following his strike against Liverpool in Paris two years ago. This time around, he latched on to Jude Bellingham's pass to wrap up the win for Real.

The Brazilian's strike saw him overtake Lionel Messi as the youngest player to reach the feat at just 23 and few would put it past him to add another to his tally in the years to come.

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Speaking ahead of the match, he twice mentioned Liverpool when answering quick-fire questions with Real's media team. He initially insisted that Anfield was the away stadium that he most enjoyed playing in before unsurprisingly suggesting the 2022 final was his favorite.

Liverpool first came up against Vinicius in April 2021 when he scored two in the Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu. The second leg ended goalless with both matches played behind closed doors.

The two sides faced off in the round of 16 last season with the Brazilian again proving Liverpool's nemesis, scoring twice in the 5-2 victory at Anfield that he was referring to.

But he may now have other ideas of his favorite memory of the competition after his record-breaking night at Wembley. Vinicius is now the favorite to win the 2024 Ballon d'Or and would take a giant leap towards claiming the prize if he can lead Brazil to Copa America victory this summer.

His cause was backed by boss Carlo Ancelotti after the match while ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry both suggested the Brazilian was now the best player in the world.

Former Reds and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman also told TNT Sports: "He has to be firm favourite now. He scored, he was excellent in the two semi-finals against Bayern Munich. He was the catalyst, scored again tonight. Kylian [Mbappe] and Harry Kane have both had wonderful seasons but personally, he's the nailed-on favorite now."

Liverpool.com says: Few would argue with the assessment from Carragher and Ferdinand that Vinicius is the best player in the world. For all his undoubtedly ability and flair, he delivers in the biggest matches of all and his Wembley goal puts him up there among some greats. At 23, he is only going to get better too.