Endrick is just the beginning! Brazil's golden generation of wonderkids are about to take over Europe
When the NXGN 2023 finalists were revealed on Tuesday, there was one country that dominated the 50-strong list. Brazil had no fewer than eight players among the list of world football's top teenage talents born in 2004 or later, including NXGN Nine award-winner, Endrick.
Given some of the Brazilian talents who have graced the upper echelons of the annual list of wonderkids in recent years, such as Real Madrid duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, it is hard not to get excited about the prospect of a new golden generation emerging for the Selecao.
Of course, Brazilian generations are ultimately judged on whether or not they win the World Cup.
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Fans of the South American nation generally view two generations - the one fronted by Pele that won three global titles between 1958-70, and the team of Ronaldo, Cafu and - latterly - Ronaldinho, that reached three successive finals, winning twice - as the gold standard.
And while there hasn't been a Ballon d'Or winner from the country since Kaka in 2007, there is no doubt that Brazilian footballers are beginning to dominate the top of the European game once more. The recent Real Madrid-Liverpool tie in the Champions League, for example, featured a record-breaking six different Brazil internationals.
This year's NXGN suggests that number is only going to increase over the next decade, too.