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Ex-Brazil star makes huge claim about Real Madrid new signing: “Better than Romario, Ronaldo”

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Earlier today, Real Madrid officially confirmed the signing of Brazilian prodigy Endrick from Palmeiras.

Los Blancos spent a hefty €60 million on his signing, although €35 million will be paid in fixed fees while the rest of the €25 million is performance-related add-ons.

Endrick, though, will only be arriving at the club in 2024, once he turns 18. The teenage sensation has signed a three-year deal from 2024 to 2027, with an option for an additional three years, meaning he is effectively tied down to Real Madrid until 2030.

Despite his young age, Real Madrid have opted to splurge heavily on Endrick. And judging by how highly rated the 16-year-old is in his homeland, the investment could very well be worth it.

Indeed, former Brazil international Craque Neto has claimed that the 16-year-old is so talented that he can grow into a better footballer than Selecao legends Ronaldo and Romario.

Speaking in an interview, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo, he said: “It’s a pity that we won’t see Endrick a lot here in Brazil. This boy is going to fly. He’s going to be better than Romario and Ronaldo!”

Neto is not the first ex-Brazil player to heap praise on Endrick. Former Real Madrid superstar, Ronaldo himself had recently spoken highly of the 16-year-old, as he said: “Endrick is a great talent for the next few years.”

Endrick has been making waves throughout his youth career at Palmeiras. He burst into the limelight following his exploits with the club’s youth team at the Copinha tournament earlier this year.

Having made a splash, Endrick soon got his first-team breakthrough at Palmeiras. In seven senior appearances, he has three goals and an assist, despite being just 16 years old.

Real Madrid fans will certainly be excited by the immense potential he has shown and will look forward to see how he develops in the next couple of years before he arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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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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