In his four-year spell at Real Madrid, Clarence Seedorf made a significant impact on the field. The Dutch legend is widely seen as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the game for his finesse and dominance on the ball, and his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu exemplified it.
The former player won one Champions League trophy and a La Liga title during his stint in Spain, but eventually moved to Inter Milan in January 2000.
Earlier this week, Seedorf spoke about the players in the current crop who he sees winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or in the next five years.
And the Real Madrid icon named two current Los Blancos’ stars, Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde, as possible candidates, along with Manchester City mainstay Kevin De Bruyne.
“Three players I can see winning the Ballon d’Or in the future are Vinicius Jr, De Bruyne & Fede Valverde if he scores more goals and plays as a midfielder,” he said, as revealed by Pitchside.
It is not surprising that two of his three picks are Real Madrid stars. After all, Los Blancos’ stunning consistency in the Champions League places its players well in the race for individual awards.
Vinicius Jr has slowly, but surely, become the player in the spotlight for the Merengues in recent years. As the banner-man of the club, the chance of him lifting the trophy soon is significantly higher than the others on the list.
Valverde, meanwhile, could emulate Luka Modric’s path and become one of the few midfielders to win the Ballon d’Or. After all, playing in the middle of the park does not limit him from making a profound impact in front of the goal.
Florentino Perez has built an impeccable team that can dominate world football for at least the next decade. Players like Jude Bellingham, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga and Valverde form a strong foundation, and Kylian Mbappe’s potential arrival would be the perfect cherry on the cake.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.