Soccer. Is the Brazilian nugget Endrick the future Neymar?

Who are you Endrick? The biggest clubs on the planet are keeping an eye on the Brazilian player born on July 21, 2006, even more so since his successful debut in the league for Palmeiras. On Wednesday October 26, 2022, he participated in his team’s victory against Atlético Paranaense (3-1) by coming on at half-time and scoring his first two goals in the competition. Endrick is now the youngest goalscorer (16 years and 98 days) in the history of the Brazilian championship. The previous week, he had already delivered an assist against Avai, bringing his tally to three assists in four league appearances.

Outstanding performance for his age

Endrick crosses the stages at great speed. Since his debut, he has been regularly outclassed, as was the case at Copinha 2022, the gathering of the best Brazilian players under 20 organized each year. He was simply voted best player of the tournament (6 goals in 7 matches) while his opponents were several years older. In the quarter-finals of the competition, his bicycle made outside the surface against Oeste went around the world.

Last April, the Auriverde jewel took part in the Mondial de Montaigu, in Vendée, reserved for children under 16. He won the tournament with the Brazilian delegation, finished top scorer (5 goals in 4 matches) and best player.

His trajectory is reminiscent of one of his illustrious compatriots, Neymar. With a physical profile similar to the Parisian (1.73 m for Endrick, 1.75 m for his eldest) and a particular capacity for acceleration, the comparison is tempting. The two men started in a club in the state of Sao Paulo (Santos for Neymar) and broke everything in their path in the youth categories. Like Neymar, Endrick especially has a special aura with Brazilians. After his double on Wednesday, the 16-year-old striker saw opposing fans asking him for selfies and autographs.

The star already represents the future of the Seleçao in the eyes of many observers. “Endrick feels a little pressure because he is known and a little famous », explained to us his father, Douglas Ramos, during his visit to the Montaigu tournament in April, in reference to his number of subscribers on Instagram (830,000 at the time, 1.5 million today).

But in terms of football, Endrick would rather be closer to Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, with uncommon power and sense of purpose. His explosiveness, his technique and his left foot work wonders and attract the greed of the greatest in Europe. According to Marca, Real Madrid are preparing an offer to sign the player. Other clubs like Barcelona, ​​PSG or Chelsea are watching him closely.

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But Endrick will have to wait to cross the Atlantic. His first professional contract, signed at 16, runs until 2025 with a release clause of 60 million euros. If he can choose his next destination, he will not be able to leave his country until 2024, when he will be of age. A career that would resemble that of Neymar (in 2013, bought 88 M€), Vinicius (2018) or Rodrygo (2019, 45 M€).

Soccer. Is the Brazilian nugget Endrick the future Neymar?