Endrick was not even born when Ronaldo’s Brazil was knocked out of the 2006 World Cup in the quarterfinals by France. But that hasn’t stopped one of the best forwards in Selecao history from arguing that a player who only turned 16 a few months ago should have a ticket reserved on an aircraft destined for Qatar.
“If I had to choose one, I’d choose Endrick,” Ronaldo, the World Cup’s all-time record goalscorer, said this week. “It would be a sensational experience for him. For the future of the Brazilian team.”
Ronaldo would not get his wish, however; head coach Tite opted instead for more proven forwards such as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, and Gabriel Martinelli. Nonetheless, it seems only a matter of time before Endrick, labeled a ‘generational talent’ and a ‘phenomenon’ by Arsenal’s Jesus, is bamboozling defenders with his outrageous technical ability on the biggest of stages.
“Obviously my dream is to play in Europe,” explains Endrick.
He certainly won’t be short of options. The teenager will leave Brazil when he turns 18 and will find himself in a rather unique position of being able to take his pick of Europe’s biggest and best. Per Marca, Real Madrid is readying a bid for the £35 million-rated wonderkid.
Jorge Nicola believes Tottenham and Newcastle United are also in the race, while Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, and even Southampton are keeping tabs on arguably South America’s most coveted youngster (BBC).
“I’m focused here. I am not looking at the (rumors). Or what teams are coming, or what scouts are coming. I’m focused on Palmeiras,” Endrick adds, refusing to let all the speculation get to his head.
“I’ve got no preference for any team. I study Spanish, English, and French because I like learning new things. I went to Madrid with my family and I really liked the language (but) I also liked England a lot.”
“(But) my present is here. I want to play for Palmeiras and win titles. Three goals and an assist in five games? I think I have to work harder.”