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Brazilian legend says Richarlison has great potential

World Cup winner Rivaldo gives Everton star a vote of confidence

Rivaldo challenged by Paul Scholes in the 2002 World Cup Quarter Final
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Everton winger Richarlison was off to a searing start this season before he got sent off for a petulant flick of the head, but he did enough to catch the attention of Brazil manager Tite. The 21-year-old has been called up by the Seleção for the first time, also the first time a player on the Toffees has received a call up to the Brazil national team.

Former Brazil great Rivaldo, who has a number of international, European and domestic titles to his name gave Richarlison the thumbs up in an interview published in the Daily Star.

“Richarlison is producing solid performances in the Premier League and is clearly a good player, with great potential that could be really important for Brazil soon.

“Everton spent a good amount of money on his signing. Nowadays is hard to know if a player really deserves the money spent on him, because the transfer values are really high.

“But I believe he will justify the investment at Everton. He is making things happen.

“He was sent off after losing his temper and needs to understand that to become a top player he must relax and avoid this kind of behaviour.

“I’m sure he will learn from this lesson, after all it was his mistake and he is the one that will suffer with that and he certainly won’t repeat it again soon.”

Good to see that Richarlison’s accomplishments are getting noticed back home too.