Real Madrid Bound Endrick Edges Closer to Breaking Ronaldo Nazario’s Record

Real Madrid Bound Endrick Edges Closer to Breaking Ronaldo Nazario’s Record

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 7, 2023 at 3:52 PM
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  • Endrick is in line to break Ronaldo Nazario’s goalscoring record in Brazil
  • The Palmeiras youngster has won back-to-back league titles in his hometown
  • Endrick is set to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2024

Endrick is just 17, but the in-bound Real Madrid forward is already being compared with some of Brazil’s greatest football players following his achievements with Palmeiras.

The Brazilian teenager was on the scoresheet for his club, his 11th strike of the season, as they played out a 1-1 draw against Cruzeiro on Wednesday to win a second successive league title.

Endrick, Ronaldo de Lima, R9, Brazil, Real Madrid, Spain
Endrick has won back-to-back Brazilian league title after helping Palmeiras clinch the trophy with 11 goals this season. Photo by Pedro Vilela
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According to Sportskeeda, Endrick is on track to break Ronaldo Nazario’s record of 12 goals scored by a player under 18 in the Brazilian topflight as he is just one goal behind the former Real Madrid forward.

The teenager has already surpassed Neymar’s feat for most goals scored by an U-18 player in Brazilian league history with his 11 goals in 31 appearances this season, as the Al-Hilal forward’s record stood at 10.

Ronaldo scored all 12 league goals in his time at Cruzeiro, all by the age of 16, before leaving Brazil to move abroad, where he had stints with PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Endrick is destined for greatness

Meanwhile, Brazil’s head coach Fernando Diniz declared Palmeiras youngster Endrick is destined for greatness after the teenager’s goal helped his club clinch the Brazilian league title, GOAL reports.

The 17-year-old forward has already made history, with his 11 goals making him the first 17-year-old to reach double figures across a single Serie A season since Neymar.

Endrick also made his first two caps for Brazil in last month's World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina, becoming the youngest player invited to the national team since Ronaldo Nazario in 1993.

Endrick debuts ‘Golden’ boots in Brazil

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Endrick marked his home debut for the Brazilian national team at the iconic Maracana Stadium, lacing up a pair of golden signature edition Tekela v4 boots from New Balance.

Despite entering the game as a substitute in the 72nd minute for Barcelona's Raphinha, Endrick could not alter Brazil's fate in the match. However, his choice of footwear on the night garnered significant attention.

Real Madrid secured his signing in a transfer last December, with the young forward creating a buzz in the football world.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..