The forward almost gave up on the game after failing to make his mark as a youngster, but he is now celebrating a brilliant Selecao introduction
New Brazil star Richarlison has revealed that he almost hung up his boots as a disillusioned youngster before finding the form that would catapult him to fame.
The former Fluminense and Watford player has become an instant favourite with new club Everton, hitting three goals in his first three Premier League games after becoming the Toffees' most expensive player in history over the summer.
That form saw him included in the Brazil squad for friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, the latter seeing Richarlison net two goals in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday.
But having been born in the relative football backwater of Espiritu Santo, he admits that his path to stardom was anything but smooth.
"I haven't got enough fingers to count the number of clubs who rejected me," he told AS after his scoring turn.
"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.
"I gave my all that morning and I passed. If I had given up after the first no I would never have made it where I am today."
Richarlison also detailed the hardships of his upbringing, revealing the sacrifices he had to make in order to pursue a career as a footballer.
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