- Endrick praises Messi
- Riles Real Madrid fans
- Set to join club in 2024
WHAT HAPPENED? Real Madrid target Endrick has been forced to delete a tweet in praise of Barcelona legend Lionel Messi after receiving abuse from Los Blancos fans. The 16-year-old posted "Messi is absurd man" along with an emoji of an alien after watching the forward score and assist in Argentina's 3-0 win over Croatia at World Cup 2022. Real Madrid fans, who have seen Messi inflict plenty of pain on their team over the years, responded angrily in their thousands, leading the Brazilian teenager to hit the delete button.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Endrick is expected to sign for Real Madrid in 2024. GOAL understands Los Blancos are willing to meet Palmeiras' €72 million (£62m/$76m) asking price for the youngster. Barcelona boss Xavi has admitted he wanted Barcelona to sign the teenager, but the Catalan giants look set to be beaten to his signature by their bitter rivals.
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WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? The Argentina captain is bidding to lift the World Cup for the first time on Sunday in Qatar. The Albiceleste will take on France or Morocco in the final.