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Brazilian ace shifts focus to Real Madrid after Copa America exit: “I’m now focused on Madrid”

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Brazilian forward Endrick expressed deep disappointment following Brazil’s recent exit from the Copa America at the hands of Uruguay in the quarter-finals. 

However, despite this setback, Endrick, who had a scuffle with Ronald Araujo during the match, has swiftly turned his gaze towards the future, setting his sights firmly on Madrid, stating that he is now entirely focused on his journey with the Spain club.

Reflecting on his current situation with the national team, Endrick opted not to delve into discussions about his plans, preferring to keep his attention on immediate matters. 

It is said that with a brief respite of a few days planned, Endrick will soon embark on a new journey with Real Madrid, joining them for their upcoming training sessions starting July 15, followed by a tour across the United States.

“Yes, as I said, I’m now thinking about Madrid. But it’s very difficult to talk now because unfortunately we were eliminated [from Copa America]. Now my mind is on Madrid,” said the young forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Endrick’s take on Federico Valverde

Endrick will soon join the Real Madrid squad for pre-season preparation. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Amidst the disappointment of Brazil’s exit, Endrick took a moment to commend one of his future teammates at Real Madrid, Federico Valverde. 

Valverde, who also played a pivotal role in Uruguay’s victory over Brazil, is set to become both a colleague and a competitor on the field.

“Fede Valverde is a great player. A player who is a phenomenon for me, a person who gives everything for his team and his national team. I am grateful to have competed against him today,” added the young forward.

Looking ahead, Endrick’s focus remains resolute on the challenges and opportunities that await him at one of the world’s most storied football clubs. 

As he prepares to don the iconic white jersey of Real Madrid, he carries with him the lessons learned from his experiences with the Brazilian national team. 

The transition from international duty to club commitments marks a pivotal moment in Endrick’s career, one filled with anticipation and determination to make an impact in the renowned Spanish league.

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Real Madrid star presented with golden opportunity to seal Ballon d’Or triumph

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With the Euro and Copa America finals approaching, the period for Ballon d’Or 2024 consideration is about to close.

These final two matches represent the last opportunities for frontrunners of the individual award to make a significant impact.

Given their dominant domestic seasons, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. are top contenders for the award. However, Vinicius’ early exit with Brazil widens the field of candidates.

Bellingham’s golden opportunity

Now, Jude Bellingham has a golden opportunity to secure the Ballon d’Or if he leads his team to victory in the Euros.

Taking on Spain in the finals, a victory would ensure that the Champions League winner is awarded a first-place position on the Ballon d’Or podium.

His impressive stats at the Euros coupled with his two match-winning goals strengthen his chances of achieving victory. And a triumph on such a grand stage would cap off a stellar season, making a strong case for his candidacy.

Ballon d’Or incoming? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, if Spain clinch the title in the final, the competition for the Ballon d’Or becomes much more open.

Given the Ballon d’Or’s tradition of placing significant importance on performances in international tournaments, the prospect of a Spanish player winning the award increases considerably if Spain wins the final.

In that case, Rodri stands as one of the frontrunners. Having won the Premier League with Manchester City and proving himself one of Spain’s most crucial performers in midfield, he would be a legitimate candidate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s very own Dani Carvajal also would be a realistic option. He contributed considerably to Los Blancos’ trophies and scored the opener in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Euro final is pivotal for Bellingham’s Ballon d’Or prospects. Winning and performing well could secure the award for him. Finalists will be announced on September 4, with the grand ceremony set to take place on October 28.

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