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‘I nearly quit’ – Richarlison reveals journey to Brazil first team

first_imgNew 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.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! 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. O primeiro pela #SeleçãoBrasileira é inesquecível! 🐦⚽️ @richarlison97 #BRAxESA #DançadoPombo📷 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/NiYuGMmEp5— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) 12 de septiembre de 2018″I had to live in my uncle’s house because it was closer to where I used to train and I had no money for the bus,” he added. “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. “I have learned that you need to have patience, perseverance and faith in people to reach your goals.” The player confessed that the “cold” of England tested his resolve upon swapping Rio de Janeiro for Watford in 2017, but that he now feels at home in the Premier League and is enjoying the further challenge of English classes. And when it comes to an idol on the pitch, there is only one man that Richarlison looks up to. “Ronaldo, O Fenomeno. He is a special player and deserves the nickname he has,” he stated. “The other day I had the pleasure of meeting him and it was hugely exciting. I have a ritual that I always do on the bus on the way to games. “I pick up my tablet and put on videos of his goals to warm myself up.”last_img read more

Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas in mix for Winter Olympics skeleton silverware

first_imgLizzy Yarnold defied a sinus infection and a spell of dizziness to set a track record in Pyeongchang to set up a possible Super Saturday for British athletes at the Winter Olympics.Yarnold, who won skeleton gold in Sochi four years ago, set her record in the first run before slipping back slightly to reach the halfway stage in third place but only 0.10 seconds behind Jacqueline Lölling of Germany, with two runs left on Saturday.With Yarnold’s team-mate Laura Deas sitting in fourth, 0.17sec off the lead, there remains the possibility of one or two skeleton medals for Britain on Saturday. And with Elise Christie trying to put the heartbreak of her crash in the 500m final when she competes in the 1500m and the teenager Izzy Atkin going in the ski slopestyle, Britain has four potential medal winners.Yarnold said she was happy with her performance, despite struggling with her health. “It was a much faster track than it had been in training,” she said. “I have got a bit of a throat and sore sinus thing going on. I think I am struggling to breathe enough because it’s very cold here. It’s a little bit dusty as well, so I am doing lots of steaming over a bowl.“It’s actually a brilliant track and it’s been a great first night racing. This is the bit I love, going home and everyone getting all nervous and I get a great night’s sleep and then fighting again for it tomorrow.”Yarnold also believes she could yet make history by being the first Briton to retain a Winter Olympic title. “I’m an athlete that loves to compete at these big events when everyone is bringing their best, so I think I am still well in the mix,” she said. “The big goal, which is frightening to say sometimes, is to be the first British Winter Olympian to retain my title.”Meanwhile Deas said she was really happy with where she is after day one. “It is a tough, technical track and it rewards a fast push,” she said. “You really have to think all the way down – there is no place where you can let your brain rest. It is hard work so coming back fresh tomorrow is important.“It is a really nice place to be, sitting in fourth, only seven hundredths out of a medal. This is a sport where anything can happen and it can change in a split second. I just want to stay positive.” Read more news Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Winter Olympics Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Winter Olympics 2018: day seven from Pyeongchang – as it happened Share on Facebook Lizzy Yarnold Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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