Richarlison Andrade Profile

Name Richarlison Andrade
Short Name Richarlison
Born May 10, 1997
Age 25 years
Birthplace Nova Venecia, Brazil
Height 6ft

Brazilian forward Richarlison has made a big impact on the Premier League since arriving in England in 2017.

A skillful, aggressive player who has the ability to play as a number nine, or on either wing, Richarlison has Brazilian flair in abundance.

Since making his Brazil debut in 2018, he has won the Copa America and also represented his nation at the 2020 Olympic football tournament, winning a gold medal.

At club level he is on his way to scoring 100 goals having featured for America Mineiro and Fluminense in his homeland, as well as Watford, Everton and new club Tottenham Hotspur in England.

Taking a risk

Richarlison signed for Belo Horizonte-based club America Mineiro in December 2014, a mere 600 kilometres from his hometown of Nova Venecia.

He reportedly spent all his money on a one-way ticket to Belo Horizonte, having been rejected by clubs closer to home. The gamble paid off and he made his professional debut just seven months after signing for America Mineiro.

The club playing in Brazil's Serie B were also instantly rewarded for seeing Richarlison's ability, as the attacker scored on his debut against Mogi Mirim.

Richarlison, who is known for his passion and temper on the football pitch, was sent off for a late foul in the last minute against Ceara, but the 1-1 scoreline meant that America Mineiro had earned promotion to Brazil's top-flight with one game of the season remaining.

He finished his first campaign with nine goals and four assists in the league, and bigger things were around the corner, starting with a three-year Nike contract.

Moving on up

The Brazilian signed for Serie A club Fluminense in December 2015 on a five-year deal believed to be worth £2million. He made his league debut against former club America in the first match of the season, playing 62 minutes.

His first goal came a month later and it was a crucial one. He scored the winner against rivals Flamengo having entered the fray as a substitute before going off injured.

In the 2017 Campeonato Carioca, he scored eight goals and was named in the team of the season, with his side falling at the last hurdle to Flamengo.

In a season-and-a-half at Fluminense, Richarlison 11 goals and registered seven assists in 46 matches as Europe beckoned with plenty of clubs in the race for his signature.

An unknown quantity at Watford

Richarlison signed for Premier League club Watford in August 2017 for £11.2 million, with many European fans knowing very little about the Brazilian.

He made his debut against Liverpool and scored in the next league game against Bournemouth in a 2-0 win. He also netted against Swansea, West Brom, Everton and West Ham, with all five of his league goals coming in the first 12 games of the season.

Despite the goals drying up, Richarlison was the only Watford player to take to the pitch in all 38 games of the 2017/18 Premier League season, as the Hornets earned a respectable 14th-placed finish.

Everton talisman

After a good first season in England, Richarlison's former manager at Watford, Marco Silva brought him to Everton for a fee of £35million in July 2018.

He made a instant impact, scoring both of Everton's goals in a 2-2 draw with Wolves on his debut, and the winner in the 2-1 victory over Southampton a week later.

In the 2018/19 season, he proved that he was equally capable playing centrally as he was out wide and featured there for much of the middle part of the season. He ended the campaign with a league tally of 13 goals and matched the feat the next season too, ending as Everton's joint top scorer on both occasions.

He scored seven league goals in the 2020/21 campaign, including goals in four consecutive games against Man City, Liverpool, Southampton and West Brom in February.

Injury curtailed Richarlison's 2021/22 season somewhat, but he still netted ten goals in 30 Premier League appearances, including a goal in the crucial 3-2 win over Crystal Palace that secured Everton's Premier League safety.

On July 1 2022, Spurs confirmed the £60million signing of Richarlison from Everton on a five-year deal.

A regular in the Brazil squad

Richarlison represented his nation at both Under 20 and Under 23 level before earning his first call up to the full squad at the age of 21, just a month after signing for Everton.

In September 2018, he made his Brazil debut against the USA, and opened his goalscoring account four days later with two in a 5-0 thrashing of El Salvador.

He netted from the penalty spot in the 2019 Copa America final against Peru, to help Brazil lift the trophy, and ended up as the 2020 Olympic's top scorer with five goals as his nation claimed the gold medal.

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