Endrick Felipe has caught the eye of many this season and it won’t be long before the Brazilian wonderkid plays in Europe.
The 16-year-old became Palmeiras’ youngest goalscorer in October, scoring his first professional goals in the Brazilian Serie A.
Endrick had already gone viral this year when his goals as a 15-year-old leaked onto the internet and now, after breaking a 106-year record in Brazil, he is considered one of football’s hottest prospects.
With reports claiming Real Madrid are set to beat Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to his signing, talkSPORT.com takes a closer look at the latest superstar to come…
Who is Endrick Felipe?
Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa, whose name is Endrick, was born in July 2006.
The Brazilian is a left-handed striker who can play anywhere along the front line and signed his first professional contract earlier this year.
He joined Palmeiras aged 11 and has played for them ever since, progressing through the youth teams to make his first-team debut this season.
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Not only has he impressed domestically, he has also shone internationally, playing for Brazil Under-16s and scoring recently against England.
Although he is only 5-foot-8, Endrick is no lightweight and can compete with defenders.
He has the attributes of a complete striker and his style has drawn comparisons to Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
Although it is the other Ronaldo he idolizes.
Speaking to Marca earlier this year, Endrick said: “Cristiano Ronaldo, a spectacular man, a phenomenon. I have to follow in his footsteps.
The Brazilian’s reputation has so far replicated that of Neymar’s past as he became a superstar at a young age.
The prodigy has already gained 1.4 million followers on Instagram.
His performances and goals have spread throughout the world of football and he is now one of the most sought after young players.
Which teams are interested?
With Endrick’s stock rising, many European giants are lining up to sign the Brazilian.
Premier League sides Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been mentioned about the youngster.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are also rumored to be interested as they aim to make the first move to land the 16-year-old.
Moreover, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are said to be monitoring his progress ahead of a possible future approach.
Encouragingly for those teams, reports suggest his contract includes a release clause.
Real Madrid are the ones who appear to have won the race for his signature, with journalist Fabrizio Romano reporting that they have reached an agreement.
It’s for £62m and he won’t join until July 2024, aged 18.
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