Richarlison is Brazil!

Not expected as the starting centre-forward of the Selection, Richarlison has once again demonstrated, against Serbia, why Tite has placed his trust in him for several months. A hitch goal to unlock the match, a magnificent scissor, and here is Brazil perfectly launched in its World Cup.

Four and a half years ago, while Neymar and his gang surrendered against Belgium in the quarter-finals in Russia, Richarlison was far from imagining that he would be an adventure in Qatar. Even less with such a central role in the most successful selection in the history of the World Cup. Came to Paris with a few friends to celebrate life and the festival of music, the one who was then preparing to leave Watford for Everton surrounded the Bastille district with great fanfare of samba. A few months later, he put on the most famous tunic on the planet for the very first time while celebrating his first cape against the United States.

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It is an understatement to say that the status of the attacker changed slightly between the moment when he fidgeted at the corner of boulevard Richard Lenoir and boulevard Voltaire, and this November 24, 2022. Today, the native of Nova Venécia sports a flashy blonde hair dye and a number 9 from the Selection never anecdotal. In a nutshell, in recent months he has almost become an incarnation of the great Brazil, establishing himself as Tite’s number one choice at the forefront of the attack. And what does it matter if Gabriel Jesus has revived admirably at Arsenal. Little in sight for an hour, the new Tottenham player emerged to unlock the match with a first pawn at close range, before delighting the Lusail stadium with a wonderful return to drive the point home. It has now been four consecutive games that the guy has found the net, he who is the top scorer in the Selection since its debut in September 2018 (already 19 caramels in 39 selections).
More than enough to secure the confidence of Tite, a coach he feels close to. “He is like a father to us. He always treated us well and created a warm and welcoming environment within the national team.he confided in recent days to the FIFA website. He’s one of those people who praises you… but isn’t afraid to tell you certain truths. We learned a lot with him. I’m talking about courage, intelligence and tactical discipline. Whether we like it or not, this is his last World Cup, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure he leaves with a smile. » A mission well underway.

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Because yes, the favorites of this 2022 World Cup have applied themselves to spreading the word: they will have to be counted on in Qatar. Faced with a Serbian selection that should make more than one suffer, Thiago Silva and his family took the time to draw this precious success. Last teams to enter the deep end, the two formations offered a nice fight, finally won hands down by the five-time world champions. Admittedly, the offensive festival took time to set up, but this Selection demonstrated that it was based on particularly solid foundations, extinguishing Milinković-Savić, Mitrović, Tadić, Vlahović and others.

While waiting to know the medical news of Neymar, this Brazil has something to fear. In particular because beyond the wisps Vinícius, Raphinha or Rodrygo, he has in his ranks a center forward capable of scoring with his head and weighing on a hinge. While scoring goals from elsewhere, therefore. “My first World Cup is like a dream, does he still savor. Before, I followed the tournament on television and there I will be on the field, battling for every ball and fighting in every duel, so that the Seleção lift the trophy. » Scorer in the final of the Copa América won in 2019 and the Olympic Games last year – a tournament in which he finished top scorer – the 25-year-old striker would see himself repeating the feat on December 18. To continue to write the history of his country. And because Paris doesn’t have a party monopoly.

By Tom Binet

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