Endrick, who is set to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2024, has expressed his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, referring to the Portugal star as his “idol.”
The teenager is eagerly anticipating his move to Real Madrid, scheduled for July once he turns 18. The club has secured his signature in a deal valued at €60 million (£52m/$64m), with an upfront payment of €35m and an additional €25m in add-ons.
Endrick takes pride in following in the footsteps of Ronaldo, who had a distinguished career at the Spanish giants for over a decade, considering him one of his “biggest idols.”
Speaking to Daily Mail he said: “My dream since I was little, has always been to play for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of my biggest idols. So it is a great pride to know that I will wear the same shirt he wore.”
Endrick dreams of playing for Real Madrid
After delivering an exceptional performance for Palmeiras, scoring two goals and providing an assist in a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory against bitter rivals Botafogo, Endrick has caught the attention of Brazil’s head coach, Fernando Diniz. Following this standout display, he has been called up to the national team.
Endrick expressed that making his debut for Brazil at the age of just 17 years and 118 days would be another “dream come true.” If he achieves this, he would become the third-youngest player to debut for Brazil, following in the footsteps of Pele, Edu, and Coutinho.
“It has always been an ultimate dream to wear the Brazil jersey. Things have happened very quickly in my life, and this is another dream come true. I can only thank my family, agents, and Palmeiras, who have always believed in me,” he said.
Endrick is eager to make an appearance for Brazil in their World Cup qualifier against Colombia scheduled for Thursday. Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be on the field earlier in the day, participating in a Euro 2024 qualifier with Portugal against Liechtenstein.