The Brasileirão has a recent history as an exporter’s league with transfers to Europe a common theme. In other words, it takes some of its great raw talents developed in academies at the club level and ships them over to Europe. More often than not, this happens when these players are teenagers. Therefore, they do not put out their brilliance at maximum capacity for some of the elites in Brazil. Had they stayed, the Brasileirão would be one of the best soccer leagues in the world.
Endrick is a particularly interesting case, as he is the most exciting prospect to come out of the Brasileirão. In a crucial league game against league-leading Botafogo, Endrick won the Man of the Match award for providing two assists and a hockey assist. Palmeiras closed the gap with Botafogo with its 17-year-old sensation leading the way in a comeback from three goals down to win, 4-3.
Palmeiras never had a real chance of retaining Endrick for the long haul. As a 16-year-old, Endrick made seven appearances in the Brazilian top flight last season. He scored three goals and added an assist. He dominated the youth competitions last season. While he has tapered off in the top flight this season, he is still just 17. Real Madrid is ready to welcome the Brazilian, who some unironically compared to Pele, with open arms.
Still, Endrick’s transfer represents a challenge for the league. If all these players had stayed, the Brasileirão would be elite. In the most recent Brazil national team for World Cup Qualifying, 17 of the 23 players played outside of Brazil. They all made moves from the Brazilian top flight, and more players continue to do so regularly. Europe’s gain for these players is the hindrance to what could be one of the world’s best competitions.
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Author : Kyle Fansler
Publish date : 2023-11-05 20:00:00
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