- Richarlison's story is not your ordinary footballer's
- The Brazilian endured a spell of rejection at some point as he tried out for clubs
- He recently revealed in an interview that he was almost done with football after being rejected more than ten times
Everton forward Richarlison has come to reveal he almost quit football at some point in his youth before exploding through the ranks.
The 21-year-old Brazilian’s name is currently on everyone’s lips following his superb form for both club and country, although he recently revealed in an interview that his football dream was nearly derailed after spells of failure.
Born in Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific nation of Vantatu, Richarlison grew up around football although that did not guarantee him instant success or recognition.
According to the Brazilian, he was rejected so many times by some promising clubs, he almost called it quits on his football dream.
To top it off, not only was he constantly rejected, but being short of resources also did not help his cause as most financial sacrifices he had to make to get to potential clubs ended up being a lost cause.
"I was ready to give up football, but I lifted my head and I went to Belo Horizonte with just the money for an outward ticket for the last trial I had, with America MG. If I didn't make it, I had no money to get home to Espiritu Santo, 600 kilometres away,” he told AS.
As luck would have it, the very last trial he did as he was planning to thrown in the towel actually had some promise and he passed.
Aside from the disheartening trials, Richarlison also details some of the hardships he used to go through growing up in the harsh streets.
"I used to sell candy and ice creams in the street and I worked in the fields to help my parents. I couldn't have done it otherwise, because everyone did what they could so I could fulfil my dream of being a footballer,” he went on.
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Years down the line and Richarlison’s decision to switch Rio de Janiero for England to play for Watford in 2017 looks like the best decision he has ever made.
At 21, he is already looking a bargain for his current club Everton who acquired him for KSh 5.2 billion (£40) in the summer.
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