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Real Madrid-bound Endrick chooses his pick between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

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Future Real Madrid forward Endrick has said that he idolises football icon Pele and while choosing between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he picked the latter.

The 17-year-old forward was called up for the Brazil national team duty and he did, in fact, make his debut in the 1-2 loss against Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers.

Now, as Brazil prepare to take on Argentina at the iconic Maracana at home, the young forward has said that he is really looking forward to sharing the field with Messi to have the experience of a lifetime.

Endrick looking forward to playing against Messi

With Vinicius Jr. out injured, Endrick will hope to feature for Brazil against Argentina right from the start and while speaking ahead of the match, he was asked which player made him choose football, to which he said,

“For me Pele is O’Rei, there is no one who comes close to being compared to him. I just thank God that he existed and I was able to watch his clips,” he said, as quoted by UOL. 

Endrick is a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

About Messi, he said that although he is a phenomenal player, he is more of a Ronaldo fan. Although he did say that he wants to enjoy playing against Messi.

“As for Messi, he is a phenomenal guy, he won the best in the world again this year. I just want to enjoy the moment of playing against him, being in the same stadium as him, a guy I only saw in video games. 

“I’m more of a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo and Guilherme used to joke with me that Messi was the best. But it will be a wonderful experience to see Messi up close.”

It is not the first time that Endrick has spoken out about his admiration for Real Madrid and how it has always been his dream to play for Real Madrid.

“My dream since I was little, has always been to play for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of my biggest idols. So it is a great pride to know that I will wear the same shirt he wore,” he had said recently.

Endrick will be arriving at Real Madrid in July 2024, when he turns 18 years old, with the club having signed him in December 2022, in a deal worth around €60 million, including add-ons.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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