Kobbie Mainoo Dazzles, Endrick Scores Again and Yamal Runs Riot As Wonderkids Put On Show

Kobbie Mainoo Dazzles, Endrick Scores Again and Yamal Runs Riot As Wonderkids Put On Show

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 27, 2024 at 9:20 AM
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  • Wonderkids Kobbie Mainoo, Lamine Yamal, and Endrick have stolen the show
  • The teen trio dazzled for their countries in the recent international friendlies
  • Sports Brief analyses their performances as they seek to take over the mantle

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have undeniably dominated football at its zenith for nearly two decades, leaving many fans pondering the void their retirement will leave in the game.

However, the emergence of talents like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland suggests that the torch is already being passed on to the next generation.

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Endrick, Lamine Yamal, and Kobbie Mainoo dazzled during the March international friendlies. Photos by DeFodi Images, Quality Sport Images and Marc Atkins.
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What's even more exciting is the rise of even younger prodigies who are making waves in the football world.

In Tuesday's high-profile friendly between Spain and Brazil, held at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the spotlight was on two teenagers: Lamine Yamal and Endrick.

These youngsters showcased their immense potential, hinting at a bright future for the sport.

Meanwhile, over at Wembley Stadium, Manchester United's Kobbie Mainoo was making his mark as England faced Belgium.

Sports Brief provides an overview of the performances of these three teenagers, who are poised to leave a lasting impact on the world's most beloved sport.

The rise of football's wonderkids

Kobbie Mainoo

The ascent of the 18-year-old has been nothing short of extraordinary, considering he only made his Premier League debut at the end of November.

Since then, Mainoo has become a regular fixture for Manchester United and has now earned a spot in the starting lineup for his national team.

In his first cap for the Three Lions against Brazil, the youngster exhibited remarkable composure, completing all 20 of his attempted passes in a confident 15-minute display.

Fast forward to an upgraded performance against Belgium that was equally impressive, as he played a pivotal role in England's equaliser following Youri Tielemans' early goal.

Picking up the ball in midfield, Kobbie demonstrated his agility and vision by swiftly changing direction and evading defenders, initiating a crucial attacking move.

Former England striker Gary Lineker lavished praise on the Manchester United academy product on his account on X, formerly Twitter:

"A superb first start by Kobbie Mainoo for England. He’s not only played himself into the squad for the Euros but quite possibly the starting lineup. Well played, young man."

Lamine Yamal

Leading up to the international break, there were swirling doubts regarding the age of Lamine Yamal, sparking intense debates among fans.

Nevertheless, the Barcelona prodigy once again captivated audiences with a stellar performance in Spain's 3-3 friendly draw against Brazil at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, as noted by SB Nation.

In just his sixth appearance for La Roja, Yamal shone brightly, causing havoc for Brazil's defence right from the start.

He earned one penalty, expertly converted by Rodri, and later provided an exquisite pass in the dying moments of the game, leading to another penalty conceded by Lucas Beraldo.

Throughout the match, the 16-year-old displayed his brilliance, showcasing precisely why both Barcelona and Spain hold such high hopes for one of the youngest rising stars in recent memory.

With his current trajectory, the sky is undoubtedly the limit for him.


From Pele to Ronaldo Nazario, Neymar to Vinicius Junior, Brazil has a rich history of producing teenage superstars, and now there's a new sensation emerging.

Enter Endrick. What more can be said about this prodigy? He made an immediate impact by scoring a goal shortly after coming on in Brazil's two friendlies this month. If this performance is any indication, La Liga should be on notice.

The Palmeiras forward wasn't to be outdone by Spain's Yamal, though. The young Brazilian talent entered the game at halftime and wasted no time, leaving his mark on his future home turf, as noted by MARCA.

Although he's set to join Real Madrid soon, Endrick has already left his mark at the Santiago Bernabeu with a superb volleyed finish to kick off the second half.

This 17-year-old phenom built on his impressive performance at Wembley against England, where he came off the bench to score a late winner for the Selecao.

Jude Bellingham heaps praise on Mainoo

Sports Brief also reported that Jude Bellingham showered praise on Mainoo following his impressive full debut for England on Tuesday evening.

The teenage sensation, played a pivotal role in setting up his teammate for England's equalising goal in the match, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Real Madrid superstar expressed his admiration for Mainoo's performance in his post-match comments after the draw against the Belgians.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.