After what palmeiras sold Endrick, aged just 16, to Real Madrid for 60 million euros (plus another 12 in additions), the Brazilian club surprised the football world with its new jewel: Estêvão William, a skilled player from the 2007 category who already scores goals with the paulista team.
Estevao William Almeida de Oliveira Golçalves, Nicknamed Messinho for his fanaticism for Leo Messi, plays in the lower ranks of Verdao and played in Brazil’s youth academy. The 15-year-old left-handed plays in Copinha, the tournament that brings together the most important under-20 talents in the country.
This Thursday, Estevao Willian scored his first goal at Copinha. It was in Palmeiras’s 6-0 triumph against Sampaio Correa. The left-footed player took the ball after a past cross, went into the center throwing a bicycle and defined underneath, impossible for the goalkeeper.
Despite his young age, he already was champion of the Brasileirao Sub-17, the Brazilian Cup and the Super Cup. Also, he raised Paulista tournament for under 15 and 17 boysbeing the best gunner with 23 goals in 34 games played.
There is a clear interest from European football in attracting young Brazilian talent ahead of others and sealing their incorporation early. As already happened with Vinicius, Rodrygo and now Endrick. Estêvão William could be added to this list.
Palmeiras have already received three offers from Paris Saint-Germain. The first two were 30 and 35 years old, now a 40 million euro player has arrived, according to Joao Paulo Sampaio, the club’s manager. However, Verdao is not interested in selling it yet: they want him to renew the contract first and put a release clause of more than 50 green sticks.
Adoration for Messi
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Estêvão William assured that his game is similar to Messi’s and that he wants to follow in his footsteps: “My dream would be to go to Europe and play for Barcelona“However, he has revealed that he doesn’t want to be called Messinho.”I prefer to be called Estêvão Willian because that’s my name. The nickname came about because I really like Messi. He’s someone I was inspired by and tried to pay attention to what he did“, he threw.
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