Richarlison Primed for Greatness in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

4th August 2021

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The 24-year-old Brazilian professional footballer from Nova Venécia Richarlison de Andrade is noted for his stellar performance as forward for the Premier League club Everton and more recently as part of the Brazilian national team that is competing in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. We here at Apricot couldn't be prouder to have him as our client, as we have built and manage his official website, detailing his history and current successes, which include where he came from, and what he's doing now on the Olympic circuit. Here's a little more on that. 

Richarlison's professional career began in 2015 with América Mineiro before transferring a year later to Fluminense where over his two years and 67 matches in the club, he claimed 19 goals and led the team to be named “Team of the Season” after finishing as the runners-up in the 2017 Campeonato Carioca. After a year-long stint at Watford in which he was the only player of the squad to play in every match of the season, Richarlison joined his current team at Everton, breaking his five-year contract for a transfer fee starting at £35 million, potentially rising to £50 million. The last two years running (taking into account the pandemic’s halt on normalcy in 2020/2021), he has tied for highest goalscorer — first with teammateGylfi Sigurðsson in 2019, and then again with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in 2020.

At international level, Richarlison made his senior debut for Brazil in 2018, and later won the 2019 Copa América, a tournament that was played on his home soil. The following year at the 2021 Copa América, he was tapped for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

Richarlison dons the revered Number 10 (Neymar’s old jersey), which seemed to get him started off on the right foot in his Olympic Games debut against Germany; He scored three goals in the first 30 minutes of the game, setting the tone for the team as they went on to beat Germany by a final score of 4 -2. According to olympics.com, Richarlison said, “That was my first hat-trick [for Brazil], a dream come true, all the more as I am wearing the famous No 10 shirt of my country.” The article went on to describe the honor of wearing the number 10 as “no surprise that the shirt, saved only for the best of the best – those weavers of dreams, is draped on Richarlison…It’s the shirt worn at recent Olympic Games by Neymar and before him Ronaldinho. Before him Rivaldo.”

Brazil was the heavy favorites for the quarter-final clash at the Tokyo Olympic Games against their next opponent, Egypt, but the 1-0 win wasn’t as big as most had thought going in. Hertha Berlin forward Matheus Cunha scored the game's only goal in the first half to maintain Brazil's fight for the gold medal, thanks to an assist by Richarlison. According to EgyptianStreets, “The momentum of the match slowed down in the 31st minute of the second half and Brazilian attacks remained consistent throughout, with Egyptian goalkeeper Mohammed El Shenawy making key saves.”

From the narrow win against Egypt, the Brazilian National team went on to play Mexico in the semi-final match on Tuesday, August 3. Aside from Richarlison’s header that came close to breaking the deadlock at 0-0 with 10 minutes left of the regulation 90 minutes. With no goals during the extra time alloted, the game was forced to go to penalties in which Brazil's shoot-out was flawless as all four kicks translated to goals while Mexico's only converted two. 

The defending Olympic champions will face Spain, who just defeated Japan 1 - 0 in their semi-final match. The final game will be on Saturday, August 7 in Yokohama. The Mexicans, meanwhile, will play Japan for the bronze medal on Friday. 

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