Endrick, future Real Madrid player, monopolizes the spotlight in Brazil when he is called up for the first time with the Canarinha. The Palmeiras forward, who will be of age in eight months and will join the Spanish team, will make his debut in an exciting match between Brazil and Argentina qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.
“To be honest, I’m not thinking about Madrid. I live day to day. Now I’m thinking about Palmeiras and the national team”
The young player was chosen to speak to the media before what could be his debut with the four-time world champion. At a press conference, attention was drawn to a journalist’s embarrassing question: “Today’s Endrick, that talented boy from Palmeiras who is made for Real Madrid… are you prepared to avoid the false harassment of pretty women and fake friends and the press that harms everyone?”
Somewhat awkwardly, Endrick couldn’t contain his laughter and emerged victorious from the challenge: “To be honest, I’m not thinking about Madrid. I live from day to day. Now I’m thinking about Palmeiras and the national team.” And he added: “I am very happy for everything that happens in my life. Speaking about Madrid, as I always say, I believe a lot in God, and the future only belongs to him.”
Pelé and CR7 on Messi
Endrick, who will see Leo Messi face to face next Tuesday, also clarified that for him the best footballers in history are the late Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pelé’ and Cristiano Ronaldo, in that order.
“Messi is phenomenal, he is the best in the world today and being able to play against him, seeing him up close, will be a wonderful experience,” he said at a press conference. However, he pointed out that “Pelé is still unique and that no one is going to come close to what he did.” He also wanted to clarify that, in football in recent years, he is a “Cristiano Ronaldo fan.”
Endrick evaded questions about his possible starting role against Argentina and insisted that everything depends on Diniz, who must choose a replacement for Vini Junior, who on the previous day of the qualifiers, in the 1-2 defeat against Colombia, suffered a injury that will keep him out for eight to ten weeks.
As seen in training this weekend, so far the coach’s favorite is Gabriel Jesús, who has just recovered from an injury.
Brazil is in fifth place
After the first five days, the South American qualifiers have Argentina as the only leader, with 12 points, despite their defeat last Thursday against Uruguay (0-2) in Buenos Aires. In second place is Uruguay (10), followed by Colombia (9), the surprising Venezuela (8) and Brazil, which in five games has only obtained seven points.