Endrick is Brazil's sensational new striker, aged just 15, whose dazzling array of skills make him top transfer target

FEW footballing wonderkids are as wonderful, or as much a kid, as Endrick, the 15 year old Brazilian sensation.

The youngster has been the undoubted star of the 52nd version of the Sao Paulo Junior Cup. 


It is a highly prestigious annual competition for Under-20s.  It started this year with 128 teams.

Just two remain- and Endrick is top scorer for the Palmeiras team that prepare to take on Santos. 

For a player to be able to hold his own at the age of 15 would be remarkable. 

For him to shine as much as Endrick is doing is genuinely sensationally.

And it is not a case of early physical development. 

Endrick is a squat striker with a dazzling array of skills.  No wonder he is attracting interest from top clubs in Europe.

Manchester United are understood to be tracking the player’s progress but face competition from rivals Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool for his signature.

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Endrick has attracted interest from the top teams in England
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Endrick is just 15 but he has already won plenty of silverware

The player is unable to sign a professional contract before he turns 16.

But his current side are said to be preparing to offer him a deal on his next birthday – July 21st.

And they plan to include a whopping release clause to capitalise on the interest in their talent. Endrick is a unique talent

There is pace, a wonderful left foot, an understanding of space, a desire to impose his talent close to the opposing goal and a breathtaking audacity – the type of combination which allows him to score with an overhead kick from outside the penalty box.

Endrick has a big day coming up on Tuesday. 

Endrick has a talent capable of bringing him glory and untold riches, of making him a household name all over the world.  But it is also a talent which throws him into a world of passions and pressures, some of them unhealthy, some of them even dangerous. 

It is the Junior Cup final against Santos, the day chosen to celebrate the birthday of the city of Sao Paulo. 

Endrick, too, will have much to celebrate, whatever the outcome on the field. 

This tournament has made him a global internet sensation, and may have secured the financial future of him and his family.  

It is already taken as a given that Palmeiras will not be able to keep him beyond July 21st 2024, when he turns 18. 

He is already on the wish list of the world’s biggest and richest clubs.

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Until he is 16 he cannot play for Palmeiras in the Brazilian Championship or the Copa Libertadores, South America’s Champions League. 

Theoretically he could feature next month in the Club World Cup, a tournament given huge importance in South America. 

But Abel Ferreira, the Portuguese coach of Palmeiras, has quickly shot down that idea. 

Endrick, he said, is at an age when he does not need a ticket to the Club World Cup, he needs one to Disneyland.

But the youngster has already entered into a world of adult pressures. 

He has seen more than he should have at the age of 15.  Palmeiras played Sao Paulo in the semi final of the Cup on Saturday. 

Sao Paulo fans did not respond well to a 1-0 defeat.  A few of them invaded the pitch and tried to attack the Palmeiras players. 

A knife was found lying on the pitch.  A tragedy could have unfolded.

Endrick has a talent capable of bringing him glory and untold riches, of making him a household name all over the world. 

But it is also a talent which throws him into a world of passions and pressures, some of them unhealthy, some of them even dangerous. 

Let’s hope the ability he has shown over the last few weeks brings joy both to himself and to others.

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