Endrick matches Brazil goalscoring record held by Pele after scoring against England & Spain


Endrick grabbed the headlines during the international break in March with his first two International goals for Brazil, one against England and the other against Spain.

Endrick became the youngest ever player to score a senior goal, club or international, at Wembley Stadium. His strike against Spain was poignantly his first at the Santiago Bernabeu, which will become his home in July when he can link up with his new club Real Madrid.

Given his age, Endrick is quick to draw comparisons with the great Pele, who at 17 scored 6 goals as Brazil won their first World Cup in 1958.

But there is no more basis for those comparisons as Endrick’s goals last week matched the record held only by the late Pele in Selecao’s history. The pair are the only Brazilian players to score in consecutive senior internationals before turning 18.

Pele put two such runs together in his Brazilian career when he scored in back-to-back games against Argentina in July 1957, aged just 16. He then found the net again in his 3rd international appearance against Paraguay, the following May in preparation, for the World Cup.

At that World Cup, when he was still 17, Pele scored in consecutive matches against Wales (quarter-final), France (semi-final), and Sweden (final) – a total of six in those three matches. Pele was 18 when he scored his next Brazil goal in March 1959 at the Copa America.

If Endrick is to match Pele’s goalscoring streak in 3 consecutive senior internationals before his 18th birthday, he will have a chance if he takes the field against Mexico in a Copa America warm-up in early June. Brazil will then face the United States in another friendly 4 days later. It is unlikely that a prodigy who has already achieved such success will not play in a single game.

Other great Brazilian goalscorers didn’t do so much so young. Neymar is now Brazil’s record holder after breaking Pele’s long-standing record last year. He even scored on his debut, but the former Santos talent was already 18 at the time. He didn’t find the net in back-to-back internationals until late 2011 when he was almost 20.

When Endrick was initially called up to the senior Brazil team in November 2023, he became the youngest to receive the honor since Ronaldo in 1994. The legendary ‘number nine’ netted on his first international start, but his next Brazil goal was over a year later. Ronaldo’s first back-to-back goals came in 1995 and 1996, actually ten months apart, when he was 19.

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