Palmeiras clinched its second consecutive Brazilian championship title, beating Santos to the top spot and relegating them for the first time in history. The young forward, Endrick, proved to be an instrumental figure in Palmeiras' triumph, scoring an opening goal in the first half against Cruzeiro, thus securing the team's victory and setting a new record for the most goals scored by a 17-year-old in a season.
Endrick Surpasses Neymar's Record
Endrick's effort culminated in 11 goals, surpassing Neymar's record and positioning him as a standout figure in the team's performance. Although Ronaldo Nazario's record of 12 goals still stands, Endrick's consistent scoring streak, which includes five goals in the last seven games, is an impressive feat. This achievement has been spearheaded by Palmeiras' coach, Abel Ferreira, whose confidence in the young talent has been undeniably beneficial.
Cruzeiro's Valiant Effort
In the second half of the match, Cruzeiro, guided by Ronaldo, put up a fierce fight, managing to equalize through a strike from Nikao in the 80th minute. However, their chances of qualifying for the Copa Sudamericana remained slim, despite their commendable performance. The match concluded in a 1-1 draw, but Palmeiras emerged as the champions of Brazil, thanks to their superior overall performance in the season.
A Bright Future Ahead for Endrick
Endrick's future seems bright, with his next challenges being the Paulista tournament and the Supercopa de Brasil final against Sao Paulo before moving to Real Madrid in the summer. His performance and the resulting recognition are a testament to his talent and potential, offering football enthusiasts around the globe a promising new star to watch.