Endrick: Brazilian Prodigy Nets Stoppage-Time Winner Against Mexico


Expectations can weigh heavily on young shoulders. Yet, with each game for the Seleção, teenage prodigy Endrick enhances his reputation, justifying his billing as the next great Brazilian soccer star.

On Saturday, the 17-year-old scored in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 victory for Brazil against Mexico in a Copa America warm-up match at Kyle Field, Texas. This goal marked his third in his last three international appearances.

Endrick headed home a Vinícius Jr. cross to put Brazil back in front after Guillermo Martínez Ayala had leveled for Mexico in the 92nd minute. Brazil had initially gone 2-0 up through goals from Andreas Pereira and Gabriel Martinelli, but allowed Mexico to equalize with two late goals.

In March, Endrick scored the winning goal against England, becoming the youngest male player to score an international goal at Wembley Stadium and the youngest to score for Brazil since the legendary Ronaldo Nazario in 1994.

The soccer world has long been aware of his talent. Real Madrid announced in December 2022 that it had reached an agreement with the player to join the La Liga club when he turns 18 in July this year, in a deal worth €70 million ($74.77 million).

Endrick broke through at Brazilian side Palmeiras, playing just 307 senior minutes before signing with Real Madrid. He has continued to play for the São Paulo-based club while waiting to move to Spain.

Having made five international appearances for Brazil’s senior team, Endrick became the youngest player to debut and score for Palmeiras, and the only player in club history to win trophies at every age level.

His impressive performances earned him his first call-up to the Brazil national team in November last year, where he started in World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.

Brazil next plays the US in a friendly on Wednesday, before starting its Copa America campaign against Costa Rica on June 24.