Endrick imitated Erling Haaland after making history with first Palmeiras goal
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Brazil prodigy Endrick paid tribute to Erling Haaland after scoring his first professional goal for Palmeiras.
The 16-year-old has been targeted by a number of Europe's top clubs already, despite only making his debut earlier this month.
Endrick came off the bench in the second half of Palmeiras' Brazilian Serie A clash with Athletico Paranaense, completely changing the game.
Paranaense took the lead on the half hour mark through Matheus Felipe before Endrick made the game all about him.
He managed to assist Gustavo Scarpa for the equaliser just before the hour mark, then 11 minutes later, headed home his first goal for the club to become their youngest-ever goalscorer aged 16 years, three months and four days.
Endrick celebrated that goal by sending a message to Manchester City striker Haaland, the world's deadliest striker right now.
The youngster copied Haaland's celebration of putting his finger in his ear and raising the other hand to the sky.
He posted an image of the celebration to Instagram and then tagged Haaland in the post. A sign of things to come?
Endrick signed a contract with Palmeiras until 2025 with a release clause of €60 million (£52m). He's unable to leave the club until he turns 18 in 2024.
Among the clubs interested in Endrick are Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
He's keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground, however.
Endrick told United midfielder Casemiro during an interview on his Twitch channel per Globo: "It's still not good for me. Inexplicable what God does in my life, I don't think it's good yet, I have to train and I have a lot to improve. I have to work harder to improve, I want to make people believe in me, have faith and make them believe in me.
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"Thank God, this goal is the result of my work, which I do at home and outside Palmeiras.
"I'm still studying, the fans told me that it wasn't time for a child to be awake, it's always working and God is watching over me, protecting me and now it's moving forward with great humility."
Endrick has already made his debut for Brazil U16s, scoring five goals in four games.
It's seen him earn comparisons to legendary Selecao forwards Romario and Ronaldo. Ironically, his idol is five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.