Thursday is a big day for Endrick - world football's most wanted teenager. He is 16 years old; a major milestone in any young man's life,

This is because he can legally sign a professional player contract with Palmeiras, the club that gave him and his poor family the opportunity for a better life.

He will sign the landmark deal in front of Brazil's assembled media, whose infatuation with the child is already in the stratosphere as the next Neymar.

After scoring 170 goals in 172 games, you get hysterical. He has yet to play a minute of senior football but there are some in Brazil who want him named in Tite's World Cup squad.

This is of course unlikely, but it shows exactly how highly he is regarded. And two days before his 16th birthday

Endrick is speaking exclusively to Sportsmail from his family home in Sao Paulo for his first interview with a British newspaper.

Usually, there wouldn't be such interest in a prospect signing his first professional contract. But this is no ordinary child.

Even more so for a player hailed as a generational talent in Brazil.