In September 2015, Richarlison was an América-MG player. Since then, he’s moved to Fluminense, then to Watford, and is now starting a new season with Everton and the Brazilian national team.
In a press conference on Monday night, the striker talked about how fast things have been happening in his life, as he now fights to have a place to play for his country.
“For me, things happen very fast. Three and a half years ago I was at America-MG and now I’m in England. Not even I expected everything to happen so fast. But I don’t want to just wear the shirt, I want to get the starting spot.”
On the first training session after the World Cup, Richarlison said: “It was easy. The defeat to Belgium hurt a lot. We wanted that title, but we have to raise our heads. We did a great training, everyone was happy, joking with each other. Going forward there’s the Copa America and we hope to be champions.”
Asked about his adaptation to English football, Richarlison has thanked the Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and his manager Marco Silva.
“It was calm for me. England demands a lot of physicality and speed. I fit in well in the league. Gomes and Marco Silva, who speak my language, helped me a lot during training and games.”
On his debut for the national team, he said: “It’s wonderful to be a new face, wearing that shirt is an honour. There will always be pressure. Now it’s doing what I know. I’m quiet, I don’t show much for the cameras. I just want to play football.”
But cameras aren’t exactly a problem when he’s dancing. Richarlison was asked if he’s celebrating with the pigeon dance in case he scores, and he promised to.
”If there’s a goal, there will be the pigeon dance. Everyone is asking on the internet and I have already promised. The squad want me to dance tonight on the prank call on the chair.”
When a reporter asked him to do it in the press conference, the Everton player refused.