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Real Madrid future star Endrick surpasses Pele’s record on Copa America debut

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Brazil began their Copa America 2024 campaign on a disappointing note as they were held to a goalless draw by Costa Rica in their Group D encounter at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Three Real Madrid stars, Eder Militao, Rodrygo, and Vinicius Jr., all started for Brazil in their Copa America opener but were unable to inspire the Selecao to a victory.

Teenage sensation Endrick, Real Madrid’s fourth player in the Brazil squad, came on in the second half but could not turn the tides either.

Endrick breaks Pele record

While the match in itself might have ended on a disappointing note for Brazil, Endrick had a personal silver lining of sorts on the night in LA.

The young striker, who will join Real Madrid in July, became the second-youngest Brazilian player in history to play in a Copa America, surpassing the legendary Pele.

Endrick surpasses Pele’s record on Copa debut. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Widely considered the best ever to grace the game, Pele held the record for the second-youngest Brazilian footballer to play in Copa America when he featured in the tournament at 18 years and 138 days in 1959.

Now, Endrick has gone ahead and made that record his own as he made his Copa America debut on Monday night in the USA aged 17 years and 339 days.

Agostinho Fortes Filho ‘Fortes’ holds the record for the youngest Brazilian to play at Copa America.

When will Endrick arrive at Real Madrid?

Real Madrid signed Endrick from Palmeiras back in December 2022 but he had to continue in Brazil as he was still under 18 years old.

Set to turn 18 next month, Endrick will be arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu once the Copa America is out of the way.

In fact, as per reports, the 17-year-old wonderkid will sign his contract with Real Madrid on July 21 and then be presented to the fans officially on July 26.

Furthermore, it is expected that Endrick will be handed the No. 16 shirt at his new club.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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