From providing medicine and housing to opposing murder, Everton’s attackers have found the confidence to face injustice.
Richarlison always cuts a shy figure from the soccer field.
But his emergence as a Premier League first-class player and a regular at the Selecao has given him the confidence to speak his mind, especially off the pitch. So much so that he became one of the most eloquent voices in Brazilian football.
The 23-year-old forward has been involved in several social issues over the past few months.
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He announced demands for justice during the Pantanal fires, the alleged rape of influencer Mariana Ferrer and in the murder of two black men: Joao Pedro, a 14 year old young man who died in a botched raid by Rio de Janeiro police and Joao Alberto Silveira, who was beaten to death by security guard outside a Porto The Alegre supermarket, sparked mass protests and accusations that the attack was racially motivated.
Finally, Richarlison took the stage following Brazil’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win Uruguay, in which he opened the assessment, to ask the authorities to explain the lack of electricity in the Amapa area. He took the stance, as he told reporters, to “ask for electricity for the suffering people.”
“Unfortunately the people of Amapa can’t see my goal today because they haven’t had electricity for two weeks,” he continued, “they are going through difficult times and I hope they find a solution. I want to dedicate today’s goal and win to all of the Amapaenses. “
“There has not been a specific ‘click’ or decision to change attitudes,” admitted a source close to Richarlison. “He’s slowly building up his confidence and then starting to direct the values he’s always held externally.”
Many of Richarlison’s critical traits are nurtured in rap battles. As a child, he learned to use words to deal with difficult situations in his own life, as well as injustices.
His upbringing in Nova Venecia, Espirito Santo state, also sheds light on the striker’s empathy. She often went hungry, and from a young age started working selling ice candy to help Vera Lucia’s mother support the family.
He lost friends to criminal activity and even, at one point, had a loaded gun aimed at his head, confused by a drug dealer.
Despite being a rap fanatic and having worked in other fields, including in the car wash, Pombo, as he is also known, was destined for football, where he built a ‘family’ as soon as he turned professional: veteran Brazil coach Abel Braga, ‘ his father ‘; and Marco Silva the ‘godfather’.
“Everything he does, every day, is with the ball in his hand. He never let go, ”Braga recalled Destination from his youth stint at Fluminense, which he coached in 2017.
“There you can see that he wants us to understand: ‘Football is the answer to my life, this ball. I need to treat it with love, it is my greatest symbol ‘. He will always show that. It’s a strong sign that, after all his struggles growing up, he needs football.
“He is a spectacular child, his heart is very pure. I am very proud to see him defend several social causes. He had stepped forward and gave an audible voice. In my recent memory, he is the most active player looking for the change that is much needed. He has been our ambassador to Europe. “
Silva, who handled Richarlison under his wing Watford and, when he changed clubs following the Brazilian’s debut season in the Premier League, EvertonIt’s no wonder the attacker continues to thrive under the tutelage of Goodison’s successor, Carlo Ancelotti.
“The progress he’s made is no surprise to anyone, on and off the pitch,” explained Silva to Goal. “It’s been great to have an impact on his career, we have a relationship that will last forever.
“The adaptation is not easy, because he is very shy. He still. We explained to him the importance of learning English. Despite the hardships, he agreed and he grew more and more comfortable in the country.
“He is a very respectful boy. He has accomplished a lot, but he will only get better. He’s not easy on anyone, he’s always at his best. He studied and worked hard with great humility. I felt like he was getting more confident in himself, so he started to make his opinion heard.
“What he does off the pitch reflects what he does on it, he fights for fundamental values. He did not forget the disaster, because he used to be on that side. “
Richarlison has been encouraged by Everton to participate in social activities, especially those related to young people. Not that the striker, who is passionate about his work in the sector, needs a club permit. He often participates in community activities, such as hospital visits, and lives by one rule: greet all fans outside Goodison Park, regardless of the club outcome.
In Brazil he has bought houses for nearly all of his closest relatives and is close to launching a training center in his hometown, while also distributing 1000 treatment packages in the region in 2020 alone.
Not to mention his individual actions that generally go forward without publicity, such as helping elderly cancer patients in Barretos, Sao Paulo.
In May, Richarlison signed a partnership with the University of Sao Paulo and became the face of the ‘Tabelinha de Craque’ campaign, which hopes to raise funds (R $ 5 million / US $ 900,000 to date) to fight disease, particularly Covid-19.
Since then, and even more so after his intervention in the above very public cases, he has continued to be a target of politicians.
“There are a lot of people in politics who are trying to get involved, at least 50 politicians have supported it in the last few weeks. He made a point of remaining independent from any party. He has his own reasons for defending or being empathetic, ”a close friend explained.
Between video games, box sets, English classes, training and matches, Richarlison every day tries to keep the old promises he made to himself, when he sees Antonio’s father, then suffering from depression, humiliated by landlords, who don’t want to see him fishing. on its properties: fighting for the right reasons.