Richarlison almost quit the game after he was unable to find his feet as a disillusioned youngster but he is now celebrating an amazing introduction into the Brazilian national squad. New Brazil star, Richarlison admits that he almost hung up his boots as a youngster when he wasn’t getting the opportunities to succeed before he found the form that shot him into fame and glory. The man has become an instant fan favorite at Everton after the former Fluminense and Watford man after scoring three goals in his first three games for the Toffees. He became Everton’s most expensive signing in their history since his arrival from Watford this summer. Richarlison admits that having been born in a hometown that is relatively unknown to football, Espiritu Santos, his journey has been anything but smooth sailing. 

“I haven’t got enough fingers to count the number of clubs who rejected me. I was ready to give up football, but I lifted my head and I went to Belo Horizonte with just the money for an outward ticket for the last trial I had, with America MG. If I didn’t make it, I had no money to get home to Espiritu Santo, 600 kilometers away. I gave my all that morning and I passed. If I had given up after the first no I would never have made it where I am today.”  He also reveals that he had a very tough upbringing and had to make a number of sacrifices during his childhood to reach where he is today. 

“I had to live in my uncle’s house because it was closer to where I used to train and I had no money for the bus, I used to sell candy and ice creams in the street and I worked in the fields to help my parents. I couldn’t have done it otherwise, because everyone did what they could so I could fulfill my dream of being a footballer. I have learned that you need to have patience, perseverance, and faith in people to reach your goals.” 

Richarlison is surely a star on the rise and looks like one for the future of Brazilian football. He has surely shown his capabilities in the toughest league in the world and will now look for more opportunities to showcase what he is capable of at the world stage. 

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