Everton’s Star Striker

Full Name: Richarlison de Andrade

Birth Date: 10 May 1997

Place of Birth: Brazil

Playing Years: 2013 to present

Position(s): Forward

Football Club (Current): Everton FC

Award:

Campeonato Carioca Team of the Year: 2017

Formative Years and Professional Career

Being born in the Brazilian state of Espiritu Santo, one of the places in the country where football is less popular, Richarlison de Andrade, or known simply as Richarlison, admits that his career’s progress is anything but smooth. He admits to have been rejected by numerous clubs and was close to giving up a career on football before he was admitted to América Mineiro’s youth program in December 2014.

Seven months after he was admitted to América Mineiro, Richarlison made his professional debut in a 3-1 America MG win over Mogi Mirim as a substitute. A few days later after the match, he extended his contract with the team for three years. His performance caught the attention of the Brazilian Série A club Fluminense FC which signed him up in December 2015.

Richarlison, then, made his debut for Fluminense on May 2016 at the Copa do Brasil, netting a hat-trick in the team’s 3-3 draw with Ferroviaria. He made his first match in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A with a 1-0 win over his former club America MG. His first goal in the League came in a 2-1 victory against Flamengo. He again faced Flamengo in the 2017 Campeonato Carioca. In the same League, he scored 8 goals across 12 appearances. He capped his Latin American career with his further performances in the continental Copa Sudamericana, before he signed up for Watford.

In August 2017, Richarlison left Latin America for the Premier League when he joined Watford FC for a £11.2 million transfer fee. In his debut for the club, he was welcomed with a 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the 2017-18 season. In the following March, he helped the team catch the 2-0 win against AFC Bournemouth. He was the only player of the team to have played every match of the season, and the highest scorer throughout. By the end of the English league’s season, Richarlison signed for another Premier League club Everton for a record-breaking £50 million transfer fee.

2017 is the year that the young Richarlison had flourished in his career so far. It is also the same year that he was called up for Brazil’s national team for the 2017 South American U-20 Championship.

Furthermore, Richarlison is also a huge fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. He admits to draw inspiration from the Portuguese superstar by watching replays of his matches before the Brazilian striker’s own match. It is also interesting to note that the lives of the two forwards are almost parallel in terms of how they lifted themselves out of poverty by excelling in the sport.

By @EliaasMJ

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