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9 and 10 are taken – What number will Endrick wear at Real Madrid?

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Having just sealed a dominant double with victories in both the La Liga and UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid must now gear up for the upcoming season.

Amidst the recent hype of Kylian Mbappe, it must not be forgotten that a certain Endrick will also be joining the club’s stacked front line.

The Brazilian recently bid an emotional farewell to Palmeiras fans, and the next time he steps onto the field for a domestic match, it will be in the iconic royal white jersey of Real Madrid.

Endrick’s speculated jersey number

Shirt numbers have always held special meaning, often serving as a way to cater to the egos of star players at elite clubs.

However, Los Blancos face the privileged problem of boasting too many big names, which means many of the iconic numbers are already pre-occupied and the new arrivals may have to settle for something unconventional.

And it becomes particularly interesting to speculate about Endrick’s potential jersey number since Real Madrid players have already claimed both 9 and 10.

Mbappe is expected to don the number 9 shirt, while Luka Modric’s continuity implies the number 10 will remain under his custody.

As such, Endrick will need to think of other options because these famous numbers are already taken. One potential choice is the number 16.

The teenage striker has already worn this number throughout his first two seasons at Palmeiras, so it would not be new to him and holds symbolic meaning.

Due to this prior familiarity, the move might go more smoothly for him, enabling him to keep growing while wearing the number that contributed to his early career success.

It is important to remember that players often choose to wear jersey numbers from their youth because of personal significance.

The same way Lionel Messi wore the number 30 jersey at PSG, despite being synonymous with the number 10 throughout his career.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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