World’s most wanted star scored 170 goals in 172 games – and turns 16 today

The world's most wanted footballing starlet is set to pen his first professional contract after netting a sensational 170 goals in 172 appearances.

Endrick, 16 today (July 21), has been dubbed the next Neymar by current club Palmeiras and is an outside shot to make Tite's squad for the Qatar World Cup at the end of the year, although he is yet to feature for the first team of the Brasileirao Serie A outfit.

The teenager is set to put pen to paper on his first pro deal in full view of the Brazilian press with Europe's elite already monitoring his rapid rise into the limelight.

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"How do I cope with the hype? I try to remember that I’m very young," Endrick told the Daily Mail. "I try to remember I’m still a child and that it’s only a game. I don’t want to take it overly seriously. Yes, I want to be serious about my career but during the game, I want to have as much fun as possible."

Such is his prestige at a young age, Endrick was thrust into Brazil's most highly thought of youth competition 'Copinha' – an under-21's tournament – whilst he was only 15. Though rather than fizzle into mediocrity amongst the brightest and the best the forward was named player of the tournament, which he explained was a defining moment.

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"I think the Copinha was the moment I realised I’m doing things more advanced than is expected," he added. "Even though I’m used to playing with older kids, I’m not a protagonist to believe I’m special. But because of this tournament, I saw that no other player had done this before at my age. That’s when it came together in my mind."

Endrick continued: "I know I’m not there yet; I know I have a lot of work to do. I thank God, I have to keep humble and remember the difficulties I’ve gone through – it gives me strength to carry on."


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