Endrick chose Real Madrid to follow in 'idol' Ronaldo's footsteps

Real Madrid’s new £51m wonderkid Endrick says he chose the club over PSG, Barca and Chelsea so he could follow in his ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps… and reveals Vinicius Jnr’s texts played a part in sealing the deal

  • Real Madrid have agreed a sensational £51m deal to sign teenage star Endrick
  • But rules to protect players mean the player cannot join Madrid until July 2024
  • The 16-year-old will remain with Brazilian club Palmeiras until Bernabeu move
  • He has now revealed Vinicius Jr and Cristiano Ronaldo influenced his move 

Brazilian wonderkid Endrick has admitted that he was influenced to join Real Madrid ahead of PSG, Barcelona and Chelsea so that he could follow in his ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps.

The £51m winger also revealed that his ‘friend’ Vinicius Jr played a part in convincing him to move to the Bernabeu from Palmeiras by sending him texts that ‘gave me more hope’. 

Los Blancos beat off strong competition from Europe’s top clubs to sign the 16-year-old in a deal that could reach £62million with over £10million in taxes yet to be added. 

Real Madrid beat Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea to sign Brazilian wonderkid Endrick – who will join the club in 2024 

Endrick has admitted he joined the club thanks to a combination of Vinicius Jr and Cristiano Ronaldo

Although Real Madrid have now confirmed the move he will still remain with current Brazilian side Palmeiras until his departure in just over 18 months’ time.

Current rules surrounding transfers mean Endrick cannot join the Spanish champions until then but Madrid will now be delighted they have got a future agreement over the line.

After playing in an annual charity match organised by Brazil legend Zico, Endrick revealed his reasons for joining the Spanish giants.

‘Real Madrid are a very big team. Vini had sent me messages and gave me more hope,’ he told MARCA.

The 16-year-old starlet will not move to the Bernabeu until July 2024 when he turns 18

‘Cristiano also, who is my idol, played for Real Madrid. That’s why I chose Real Madrid and I think it’s the right choice. God has always been with me and he has told me that it is the best way.’

Before being interviewed, Endrick had scored a hat-trick in front of more than 60,000 fans during the charity match – but he later admitted it was for fun and he was not taking it seriously. 

The left-footed forward is Palmeiras’ youngest ever player 

Ahead of his move, Endrick says he has spoken to Carlo Ancelotti and the Brazilians in the Madrid squad including Vinicius, Eder Militao and Rodrygo.

He first announced himself to scouts across the world after notching a stunning return of 165 goals in 169 games for Palmeiras’ youth side, and he has already netted five times in four appearances while representing his country’s U-16 team.

The left-footed forward is Palmeiras’ youngest ever player, having made his debut at the age of 16 years and 16 days, and has already scored three goals for the club in Brazil’s top tier.

Madrid similarly signed a then 16-year-old Vinicius Jr from Flamengo in a deal worth €39m in 2017, making him the second most expensive signing from the Brazilian league in history. 

And in 2018, Los Blancos went on to sign 17-year-old Rodrygo from Santos. 

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