Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick has expressed his admiration for Real Madrid, just one of the many clubs thought to be in a continental tug-of-war for his signature.
The 15-year-old has exploded onto the scene as the latest Brazilian sensation to turn heads and generate fervent attention — and all this before he’s even played a single professional game for Palmeiras.
The teenager already has over 700,000 followers on Instagram and has been endorsed by Nike before he’s even put pen-to-paper on a professional contract with Palmeiras, which he cannot do until his 16th birthday.
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Indeed he’s one of the most hyped-up youngsters in football right now, which can largely be attributed to his recent performances at the Copinha, also known as the Sao Paulo Youth Cup, which attracts some of the biggest scouts in the game given its track record.
The likes of Ronaldinho, Neymar, Marquinhos, Casemiro, Rivaldo, Deco, Kaka and most recently Vinicius Junior have all shone in the competition and gone on to reach great heights, with the latter even sharing the same agent Endrick.
With a reported tally of 167 goals in 172 games at youth level for Palmeiras, Endrick is naturally hot property, and he will only heighten speculation with a move to Real Madrid after professing his love for them.
In an interview with Spanish publication Marca, Endrick said: “Real Madrid are a club I’m very fond of because of Cristiano Ronaldo, who I always followed, with the four Champions League trophies he won there.
“I have a lot of love for Real Madrid because of Cristiano, although I have also looked up some of their history and they are a very good team.
“It is very gratifying for me to know that they are watching me and seeing my games. I am very grateful to God for that.
“I have to do more, it’s not good enough yet, I have to give more. I still have a way to go.”
Endrick went on to explain how heavily-linked Kylian Mbappe is a player he models his game off, while expressing his delight after current star Vinicius Junior sent him his shirt.
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He added: “I like and I identify with [Kylian] Mbappe, as he is young and because I have his characteristics.
“Vinicius Junior is also in spectacular form and he sent me his shirt. I support him a lot, also I want Real Madrid to win another Champions League.
“I thank him, I’m waiting for him here at Palmeiras. I have to send him a signed Palmeiras shirt.”