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Endrick matches Pele file with Brazil goalscoring feat


Endrick wrote the headlines in the course of the March worldwide break due to his first two senior objectives for Brazil, one towards England and the opposite towards Spain.

The 17-year-old grew to become the youngest ever participant to attain a senior objective, membership or worldwide, at Wembley Stadium. His strike towards Spain was poignantly his first on the Santiago Bernabeu, which is able to grow to be his dwelling in July when he’s allowed to hyperlink up with new membership Actual Madrid.

Given his age, Endrick is rapidly drawing comparisons with an all-time nice in Pele, who at 17 introduced himself with six objectives as Brazil gained their maiden World Cup in 1958.

However there may be higher foundation for these comparisons now, with Endrick’s objectives this previous week matching a file that solely the late Pele holds within the historical past of the Selecao. That’s as a result of the pair are the one Brazil gamers to attain in successive senior worldwide appearances earlier than the age of 18.

Pele put two such runs collectively in his Brazil profession, scoring in back-to-back video games towards Argentina in July 1957 when he was simply 16. He then discovered the online once more in his third worldwide look, towards Paraguay, the next Might in preparation for the World Cup.

At that World Cup, whereas nonetheless 17, Pele scored in successive video games towards Wales (quarter-final), France (semi-final) and Sweden (last) – six in whole over these three matches. By the point he scored his subsequent Brazil objective in March 1959 on the Copa America, Pele had turned 18.

Pele was also a superstar before he turned 18

Pele was additionally a celebrity earlier than he turned 18 / -/GettyImages

If Endrick is to match Pele by scoring in three consecutive senior worldwide video games earlier than his 18th birthday, he may have the prospect if he takes to the pitch towards Mexico in a Copa America warm-up in early June. Brazil then face the USA in one other pleasant 4 days later. It is unlikely that the teenager prodigy, who has already made such an impression, will not play in both sport.

Different nice Brazilian goalscorers did not achieve this a lot fairly so younger.

Neymar is Brazil’s all-time file scorer now after surpassing Pele’s longstanding file final 12 months. He even scored on his debut, however the former Santos expertise was already 18 on the time. He did not discover the online in back-to-back internationals till late 2011, by which era he was practically 20.

When Endrick was initially known as as much as the senior Brazil squad in November 2023, he was the youngest to get that honour since Ronaldo in 1994. The legendary ‘quantity 9’ netted on his first worldwide begin, however his subsequent Brazil objective was greater than a 12 months later. Ronaldo’s first back-to-back goalscoring appearances had been throughout 1995 and 1996, truly ten months aside, when he was 19.