Richarlison says that Everton's incredible comeback against Crystal Palace that ensured Premier League survival and ended a turbulent campaign was one of the highlights of his career.
The Brazilian scored another vital goal, swivelling to clip the ball past Jack Butland and wipe out the 2-0 lead Palace had established by half-time, which set the stage for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score his most important goal to date five minutes from time and complete the fight-back.
Evertonians flooded the pitch at full-time in an outpouring of jubilant relief and the celebrations continued with the players behind an arc of police while Frank Lampard eventually made his way to the Directors Box to hug those members of the Everton hierarchy and Goodison's greats who were in attendance.
"The invasion of the crowd was something I had never witnessed in my career,” he told Globo Esporte. They were all very distressed, worried about the situation, and in the end, it was a relief for everyone to win and escape relegation. It was all very exciting.
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"It was one of the most special games of my career. A moment I will never forget. We went through a very difficult situation during the season, there was nothing calm during the year and what remains is the learning of all of us, because a team like Everton can no longer be in a situation like this."
Richarlison has, inevitably, become the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Everton, with former manager Carlo Ancelotti credited with interest in the 25-year-old for Real Madrid now that Kylian Mbappé has elected to stay with Paris Saint-Germain.
A recent change in agents sparked suggestions that he was preparing to leave Goodison after 4 years and Everton's failure to challenge for European football this season may prompt him to seek a club that can offer him Champions League football.
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1 Posted 20/05/2022 at 21:27:46
I think Carragher does Richie and huge disservice criticising him for feigned injury. Hes trying to get protection from the nasty dark arts tackles he constantly faces. Lesser players would shy away or be praying for a move to a softer league. Not Richarlison, he dusts himself down and gives is all every time, maximum effort and passion. Not easy when he must often be playing through some sort of pain from the treatment he gets.
Throughout this season Calvert- Lewin has been injured and Richarlison has carried the weight up front. Its not been an easy task with the team in turmoil but he has fought his hardest to make up for that almost season long injury loss. These last half a dozen games his determination and goals have been a massive part of the reason we have stayed up.
Theres a possibility thats the last time we will see him at Goodison, PSG and others will be calling. If he goes I will shed more than a tear, a bucket full. Even so I would wish him all the best and good luck for he future. I hope with Franks influence hell find a way to stay with us a bit longer.
Theres not many players who can completely capture the hearts and souls of Evertonians, Richarlison Andrade is, and will always be, one of them. The iconic picture of him holding the blue flare after his goal will be forever etched into Goodison folklore. It captures his love passion for the club and in turn Evertonians love and passion for him.
Whatever the future holds, thanks Richie.
2 Posted 20/05/2022 at 23:23:26
I think he's a pretty unique player in style and outcome and may be of interest to other clubs for that reason.
By the way, Mike, I would like to apologise for my rudeness to you on another, non-football topic recently which I shan't name for these purposes but of which we are both aware. I feel very strongly about it, and so do you, and we won't ever agree, but I was out of line by making it personal. Sorry, mate.
3 Posted 20/05/2022 at 23:43:50
With regards to Richarlison, I agree he will most definitely interest lots of other clubs -- just not, I believe, the very tippy-top ones John mentioned.
Chris #4, okay, compared to players on teams at our general level of quality, Richarlison scores at almost exactly the same rate as Toney of Brentford, Watkins of Villa and Dennis of Watford. Like Rich, they are fine players but none will be pursued by the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern, because none has the level of "galactico" talent those clubs look for in their forwards.
If I'm wrong, great, because we'll cash in big-time... but I think it's more likely we'll get mid-range offers from Champions League clubs like Atletico and Sevilla. And I would not be at all eager to accept them, because Rich would be greatly missed and very hard to replace.
4 Posted 21/05/2022 at 08:14:07
Leverkusen and Marseille are not in that league.
He will go to one of:
- Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal or Newcastle Utd
- Barca, Real, Athletic
- Inter, AC, Roma or Juve
And I'm not sure all of them could afford the £65M (+) fee. Likeliest for me are Atletico, PSG and Man Utd under Ten Hag.
He's not a silky skills type although he has plenty of talent. His unique selling point is that he's relentless – and that complements silkier skills alongside him.
Very likeable player.
5 Posted 21/05/2022 at 08:26:37
So is Jesus at City, Rashford at Utd, Neymar at PSG - all of them have lost their goalscoring touch.
Richarlison scores any type of goal, and most of them for Everton this season were difficult ones like the overhead kick and from bad corners where he's stooping or stretching to reach the ball.
In a top team, he'll bag plenty and has loads of time to improve.
Let's hope Frank has a list of replacements ready, like Broja at Southampton.
6 Posted 21/05/2022 at 09:40:09
But his performances these past few weeks have been selfless and have saved us. Good on him.
7 Posted 21/05/2022 at 09:58:42
8 Posted 21/05/2022 at 12:51:17
He plays his heart out for us - he is a blue blood in the truest sense of the word.
9 Posted 21/05/2022 at 15:22:21
He thoroughly deserves any move to a Champions League club, hopefully not in the Premier League, and I would wish him the best of luck.
I would love it to happen but I see little chance of him staying unless he thinks we might do a "Leicester" next season, and fair enough to him.
Thanks, Richie — you are an Everton legend in my time.
10 Posted 21/05/2022 at 15:40:42
11 Posted 21/05/2022 at 15:42:34
I'll miss him but I wish him well in his career. I think he's perfect for the modern 4-3-3 formation and will have a host of Champions League clubs after him.
12 Posted 21/05/2022 at 16:00:39
And obviously if anybody comes in with a £65M bid, we have to take it.
But if it's only £50M, we must say No.
There's another factor to consider... the World Cup. More than anything in the world, Richarlison will want to be starting for Brazil in Qatar this fall. He is absolutely guaranteed to start every game for us if healthy but, if he were to go to a PSG or a Bayern, where he'd have intense competition for every minute, he'd be risking the playing time he needs to be top of mind for Tite.
So, to me, it's far from a foregone conclusion that he's leaving.
13 Posted 21/05/2022 at 16:19:42
14 Posted 21/05/2022 at 22:24:22
15 Posted 21/05/2022 at 22:51:48
And no, I don't want him to go to another Premier League team. He is our biggest asset, and the big boys in Europe will only be interested in one Everton player, and it's not Pickford or Calvert-Lewin.
We are in a financial mess and Richarlison will want to play Champions League football.
16 Posted 21/05/2022 at 22:57:21
For me, Richarlison is an enigma, as he presents as being rather snarky and we never seem to see him smile on the pitch, either with opponents or team mates. On the other hand, there is no other player who can convey his passion for playing his football, and I feel that he knows how much the fans appreciate his relentless effort in a blue shirt.
I have heard that Richarlison has a number of his extended family members living with him, or visiting him, and that he is settled and happy in his personal life, and he is reported to be happy in the way that Everton have treated him, including concessions to allow him to play for his national team, such as his release for the Olympics in 2021. Maybe that counts for something, I am not sure, but I would love it if he gave us one more season.
As for the iconic picture of him with the flare, I gotta get me one of those tee-shirts!!!!
17 Posted 21/05/2022 at 23:32:32
18 Posted 21/05/2022 at 23:46:48
As others have said, it seems very likely we will lose him, but few players will have left Everton with such goodwill from the fanbase. We do remember our icons, and despite the fact that Richarlison would not be able to boast much more than last year's Florida Cup as something he's won with Everton, he nonetheless would be honoured by most Toffees long in the memory.
19 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:09:43
He also has more glamour due to his status as a starter in the Brazilian team. His work ethic is impressive and he is able to score a variety of different goals which is also useful to teams.
I can imagine there being interest in him from the highest levels and wouldnt be surprised if Ancelloti saw him as a Mbappe alternative.
I suspect one of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison will be sold and either should cost around the £50-60M mark. Who would be harder to replace?
20 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:42:40
Richarlison is a footballer who produces a bit of everything imo – the good, the bad and the ugly, but because he never stops trying, his potential is limitless, and I for one hope he reaches his maximum potential, because he's never stopped trying for Everton, whenever he's put on a blue shirt.
Goodison Park was unforgettably magnificent on Thursday night, but my favorite moment in years was when Richarlison picked up the smoke-bomb, held it, and then threw it into the crowd. A Brazilian scouser – he will be once he cuts out some of his theatrics – even though he gets kicked from pillar to post, and is possibly afforded the least protection in the league.
21 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:48:15
Sums him up perfectly. A credit to the shirt.
22 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:50:00
From a different angle, Liverpool fans absolutely hate him. That is a sure sign of just how good he is.
23 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:54:27
He's probably my favourite player for, many of the reasons you mentioned, but also think an invaluable member of the first team and squad. He should be one of the few who SHOULD stay and build a team round.
24 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:55:44
25 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:01:55
26 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:11:59
Stays, he must improve on a regular basis. Real Madrid, PSG, Man City, won't be calling yet. Take £80 million – you bet ya, to build the team. Real decisions need to be made with this team now. They all have let us down badly this season. No player is beyond selling.
27 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:18:31
28 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:28:38
29 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:29:27
Think I saw a stat saying he scored in 6 out the last 9 games, what a player and what a man.
30 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:29:53
Ian says "consistency and goals" are missing from his game. I think he has carried us. I can't think of another player, other than Pickford as goalkeeper, who's name would be an automatic pick this season. We have been so poor that every player has been lambasted on here from Seamus right through the team to Calvert-Lewin. Richy has been carrying us for months and has had little to no support to score those goals that Ian is looking for. In a Top 4 team, he would be a giant.
I hope to God he stays but if we have to sell Richarlison I could only say "thanks for saving us". Without him in the team this season, we'd be gone.
31 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:35:02
'He has been wanting this season'?
You must be watching a different player to me. He's the one player who has carried the team, he never stops with his passion,100% effort and vital goals this season. I hope Frank can convince him to stay, and put his own stamp on the ins and outs this summer.
32 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:46:09
33 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:47:34
I like Gordon, but Richarlison has scored goals when it's mattered. Not many others over the season have stepped up.
Sadly I think he will go to United or Newcastle this summer. I'd keep him if we can. He's our talisman.
34 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:02:05
I will just skip your posts from now on, because I know you won't have anything positive to comment on, and I amongst others won't have to go through the process of reading them. Please remind me and others.
Which team, do you support ?
35 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:08:44
36 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:15:51
You saw what Everton meant to him on Thursday for those who have watched the tunnel access footage. If you haven't, do so.
Whatever happens, I'm confident he'll always be welcomed back to Goodison warmly.
37 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:22:07
Build the team around him and Dele.
38 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:26:20
I believe he can play in any top team.
39 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:59:38
Richarlison I would hand a five year contract every day of the week. I was pointing out the term "world class". Once he adds the consistency he will be world class.
His technique is not in question and yes without him we may have struggled far more. In a top 4 side in Europe he would thrive due to the quality players around him.
My view on selling richy is building the squad up. Keep him and we will be better for it. Economically and player expectations will decide.
Derek this site is all about opinions, views right or wrong. It gives us the supporters world wide a platform. I love the difference of opinion from everyone as we all see things differently. Richarlison stays, injuries improve and we add 3 players. This squad can achieve and improve in seasons to come.
40 Posted 22/05/2022 at 12:10:48
41 Posted 22/05/2022 at 12:27:21
42 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:25:03
43 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:49:43
44 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:51:37
45 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:53:05
We overtook Arsenal with the 85 and 87 title wins.
Just over a decade later they were 4 ahead of us again (I think it's 4)
46 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:55:19
47 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:59:49
Notwithstanding the Moores years, our early successes (and those of all other clubs) were earned on a much more level playing field, on mostly pure football terms. Different times, and those achievements can never be taken away. Those who didn't earn it at the time, cannot go back and buy it now. That's true history.
48 Posted 22/05/2022 at 14:25:05
Everton has touched him.
49 Posted 22/05/2022 at 14:26:06
50 Posted 22/05/2022 at 14:33:43
51 Posted 22/05/2022 at 15:06:47
To me the biggest weakness in his game is the one Pete hints at -- he does not create well for others. When he passes, it's often too late and off target. That aspect of his game did seem to improve slightly under Ancelotti's tutelage, and Carlo might conceivably gamble that he can elevate Rich to the top level, but I really would be surprised.
52 Posted 22/05/2022 at 15:08:30
Lets not forget the advantages City have had to win these titles. Like new owners worth over 20 billion, able to spend on world class players before FFP came into effect, VAR with short sighted officials, becoming one of the SKY favorites that influenced refereeing decisions.
53 Posted 23/05/2022 at 00:25:29
I believe hes given the club more than the club has given him in terms of not being able to give him european football and that might be the reason him leaving. His best football years are in front of him and if he is ambicious hell probably look for champions league football. Id love him to stay but I think this lad wants to be a true football star and Everton hasn't risen to that unfortunately. Hope he stays one more year, maybe Frank can make the miracle happen.
54 Posted 23/05/2022 at 01:48:49
I just hope we don't head down that same path of nothingness and can somehow regain our trophy winning habits.
55 Posted 23/05/2022 at 10:54:11
Once Everton has touched you, you will never be the same.
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