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Brazilian rising star Endrick has named the Real Madrid legend he wants to emulate when he moves to the club in the summer.
The 17-year-old has already begun to follow in the footsteps of his future teammate Jude Bellingham by recently copying the English star’s celebration and has given a more detailed idea of his plans in Madrid.
Endrick will join a growing list of Brazilian stars at the club when he leaves South America for Spain, with Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo already first-team stars in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Madrid beat Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to the youngster’s signature when they agreed a deal with Palmeiras worth an estimated £62 million, including more than £10 million in taxes yet to be added.
He has remained with the Brazilian team since the deal was completed in December 2022 due to rules regarding the transfer of under-18 players, but will move to the club in the summer.
Brazilian prodigy Endrick has named the shirt number he wants to wear at Real Madrid
Endrick will move to Madrid in the summer once he turns 18 after a deal was struck more than a year ago.
Endrick wants to wear the number seven Madrid shirt that Cristiano Ronaldo previously wore
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A decision yet to be made is the shirt number that Endrick will wear and the future star has stated that he wants to wear Madrid’s legendary number 7 shirt, the most famous worn in recent times by Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, fellow Brazilian star Vinicius Jnr is currently wearing the iconic digit since signing a new contract with the club and is unlikely to abandon it anytime soon.
Speaking to Placar TV, Endrick said: “I’m not too worried about numbers, but my favorite is the number seven. That’s what I use in video games when I play NBA and FIFA.
Ronaldo is one of the iconic players who wore Madrid’s legendary number seven shirt during his time at the club.
Another option for Endrick could be to wear the number nine shirt previously worn by Brazilian Ronaldo.
‘It’s a number that draws a lot of attention to me because Cristiano (Ronaldo) had seven and I also really like (NBA star) Luka Doncic, who is a guy who wears 77, a high number. It’s a number that I look at and see that stands out.
‘I like it a lot, but I don’t know. I have played with 11, with 10, with seven… now I am the nine in Palmeiras.
Another option could be for Endrick to don the number 9 shirt, but he also admitted there is pressure on that as Brazil and Madrid legend Ronaldo once wore the shirt.
“It’s a big number too, but it always comes with a lot of responsibility,” he added.