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Richarlison shows why he is one of 200 million in Brazil

Richarlison shows why he is one of 200 million in Brazil

“You are going to leave Pigeon here alone, – Tite laughed. BrazilThe coach had just finished his media duties for the evening, the espresso cup in his hand drained. “I won’t be able to hug Richarlison?” – he said disappointed. The winner of the Brazilian match was sitting on anti-doping control waiting for the call of nature.

“I’m trying to pee, it’s hard,” Richarlison said, though he wasn’t letting any time pass.

“I was able to call her and see how he was,” Richarlison said. Neymar buried his head in his yellow-and-green shirt to hide tears after spraining his right ankle while “fooling” Tite while playing through the pain barrier for another 11 minutes against Serbia. “I told him to put some ice on it,” Richarlison said, as if he were a member of Brazil’s medical staff.

Despite Tite’s confidence, Neymar “will continue to play in World Cup“, past injuries in this competition have been a recurring theme in his career and will continue to sustain him.

Richarlison promised to visit him in his room at the Westin before going to bed. “When I get to the hotel, I’ll go see how he’s doing,” he said. Richarlison is likely to stay awake, the thrill of scoring a tournament goal unlikely to fade during the short bus ride from Lusail.

“I think it was a beautiful goal,” he said. “I already scored such a goal for Fluminense. Everton. Today I had the opportunity to score an acrobatic goal, perhaps one of the most beautiful goals of my career. It was a tough match, so I think it was one of the best in my career.” After all, scissor kicks are Richarlison’s trademark. He even killed one at a training camp in Turin last week.

“It’s the result of practice” Fred – they said in the mixed zone. “It’s not easy to get in there and score. This is the result of his training and the whole group.”

Practice makes perfect. At half-time against Serbia, still 0-0, Richarlison gathered his teammates around him and said something had to change. “I told them I needed the ball and it came, I was ready and I managed to score.”

The first was the tap after Vanya Milinkovich-Savic shot by Vini Jnr. The second was something else. Earlier this week, Richarlison’s teammate Pedrocompetitor for the role of the starting striker of the Brazilian national team, said Tottenham Hotspur the attacker has essenza do brasileiro – the very essence of a Brazilian. This goal proved it.

The metro traveling to the game had fans from all over the world heading to Lusail to watch Brazil. The idea that they play football the way it should be, with flair and skill, is solid, it captures the imagination.

Wealthy Qataris in Brazilian T-shirts wanted to show their children what football is all about. Richarlison’s goal was just that, a manifestation of the Brazilian ideal that goes back to Pele and Garrinci in 1958.

It started with the outside of Vinicius Jnr’s leg, then Richarlison stunned the ball with his left hand, lifted the ball high into the air, put his hand on the floor and spun with his right foot Capoeira style to shoot past the lost Milinkovic-Savic.

As with his first goal, the entire Brazil bench jumped out of the dugout and ran to the corner post to celebrate with him and the rest of the team.

Even Tite got excited. “Sometimes feelings cannot be explained,” he said. “It’s feelings.” Dressed in a cobalt blue suit, the 61-year-old wanted to convey “how much work goes into this goal.”

He spoke of the physios currently working with Neymar, who has helped Richarlison return to fitness following a calf injury he picked up against former club Everton in mid-October.

Richarlison was “terrified”, panicking it could derail his World Cup. Tite was also concerned.

If Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 2019 Copa América final against Peru, which could have jeopardized Brazil’s chances of winning the competition, Richarlison came on and calmly converted the penalty that stopped the game.

He was the top scorer of the 2020 Olympics, when Brazil won the gold medal, and Brazil’s top scorer in 2022. “That’s what O’Professor (Tite) says,” Richarlison reminded everyone on Thursday night. He “smells” of goals. That’s why he’s being picked up Arsenalin the form of Jesus.

Trying to explain Serbia’s 2-0 defeat, their coach, the legendary Pixie Stojkovic, said: “We’re not Brazil with 200 million people (to choose from). We are a small nation.” If Dushan Vlahovich and Philip Kostich wounded and Alexander Mitrovich not fully fit, that’s the problem.

Tite, on the other hand, reflected on his options in Qatar and those he left at home, such as Copa Libertadores-winning striker Gabriel Barbosa, Roberto Firmino, Mateus Cunha and Hulk. This serves to highlight the competition that Richarlison was aiming to make his No.9 shirt.

He is alone at 200 m. “It’s a child’s dream,” smiled Richarlison.

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(Photo: Marcus Gilliard – GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)

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