Sa Paulo – Young striker Andric now finds himself being compared to Neymar and the legendary Pele, but the 17-year-old, who is regarded as the new jewel of Brazilian football, prefers to keep his feet on the ground and keep calm, according to the Palmeiras striker. He won the league title for the second season in a row, joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2024 as part of a deal worth around €60m without bonuses. Pele’s base. He is the king of football.
He confirmed in press reports, “I want to be Indrik.” “I want to show them who Intric is.” Skilled on the ball, fast, technical and creative… Endric has been earning accolades since his professional debut at the age of 16.
His name was written in the history of yellow football, in November, at 17 and three months, he became the youngest player to be called up to the national team since the star Ronaldo in 1994. South Korea and Japan 2002.
Considered a new footballing talent, many believe that Entric can be the savior for Orivarde’s team, which has suffered from a slump in results recently, having finished sixth in the combined qualifying group. For the 2026 World Cup, it lost to its arch-rivals at home after suffering three successive defeats. Historic Argentina 0 – 1 last month.
Interim coach Fernando Diniz wants young Andrej to wear the number 9 shirt he wore with Palmeiras, alongside big stars like Ronaldo and Tostavo, and Brazilian fans want him to wear it. Commenting on fans’ wishes, the 17-year-old said, “Many players want to wear the number 9 in the national team.” “I don’t give importance to it, I want to play from there (in the team).”
Brazilian fans want interim coach Fernando Diniz to include young Andrek in the starting line-up with the number 9 shirt.
On the other hand, some doubts have been raised about Indrik’s future, “but will he live up to the faith that Real Madrid put in him when he joined?”
Andrik managed to play under pressure. After grabbing the spotlight in his early days with Palmeiras in 2022, when he scored three goals to help his side win the league title, he played his first full season the following year.
In contrast to his start, Endric went through a difficult period at the start of the new season. He scored just four goals in his first 19 matches. He broke down in tears on the field out of frustration, and he admitted, “The start of the season was a little shaky. He continued, “But I flipped a little switch in my mind and I realized I was happy. I helped my team win the title and I’ll help them more next year. I guess,” he said before departing for the Spanish capital, Madrid.
This “little key” he needs to change is to stop reading what people write about him on social media and instead surround himself with his family and partner. In addition to training sessions and learning English and Spanish, he also increased his physical preparation with the aim of passing as well as possible.
These efforts paid off in the second half of the season as Palmeiras overtook former leaders Potafogo to retain their title in a thrilling final race. In that period, Endric has scored six goals in the last ten matches, including two goals in a 4-3 win over Potafogo and the first goal for Palmeiras in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Cruzeiro, which allowed them to retain the title.
The Taguachinga native summed up his success in very humble words, “They said I was the champion, but I didn’t think so. So was the whole team. “I’m very happy to help the club I love.”
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