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Who is Brazil’s historian Endrick?

Endrick celebrates his goal against England
Endrick scored the winning goal nine minutes after coming on as a substitute

From Pelé to Ronaldo, Neymar to Viniscius Jr., Brazil has produced a number of young superstars over the years – and now we have the new addition to the squad.

The teenager came on as a substitute on Saturday and scored the late winner Brazil vs England and become the youngest male goalscorer for a club or country at the stadium at just 17 years and 246 days. He is also the youngest player to score for Brazil since Ronaldo in 1994.

His instant impact has already earned him comparisons to another Brazilian legend.

“I think he has a bit of Romario about him,” former England midfielder Joe Cole told Channel 4. “The shape of his body, the way he puts the ball away.”

“And the joy on his face. The youngest player ever to score for club or country at Wembley. Terrific.”

Former Brazil and Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva said: “It’s a great start, it couldn’t have gone better for him. We expected to see him and he came in and did a great job.”

“But also for Brazil, this is the type of game where you have to show up and take your chance. It’s huge, it means a lot to the team and also the coach.”

“The boy is a prodigy”

Endrick – full name Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa – joined Palmeiras’ youth team at the age of 11.

He first caught the attention of international scouts when he helped Brazil win the U16 Montaigu tournament in France in April 2022, becoming top scorer with five goals.

He made his senior Palmeiras debut in October of that year, the same month his parents visited Chelsea’s training ground. But when the Premier League club couldn’t agree on a deal, Real Madrid stepped in.

Endrick will move to Spain in July this year after his 18th birthday and will join his Brazilian teammates Vinicius Jr. and Rodyryo, Englishman Jude Bellingham and Frenchman Kylian Mbappe in a fearsome forward formation.

The teenager became the youngest player to feature for the senior national team since Ronaldo when he started in World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina in November.

His appearance at Wembley was only his third international match and his goal came just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute.

“In the stadium where Pele never got to play… Endrick with his first international goal and a winning goal against England,” South American football expert Tim Vickery told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He leaves the pitch and speaks to the Brazilian media about Bobby Charlton.

“The boy is a prodigy”

Brazil coach Dorival Junior added: “If he maintains his current attitude, he will be a very important name in Brazilian football and world football.”

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