Brazilian media brand Tottenham's Richarlison as a 'disappointment'
The 25-year-old Spurs star was Tite’s main striker in Qatar. Even though the Brazil boss had Gabriel Jesus and Pedro at his disposal, he went with Richarlison, and we thought he had a decent tournament.
UOL, however, do not think so.
Brazilian national media criticise Tottenham star Richarlison
Brazil were one of the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar. Their squad was absolutely incredible and Richarlison was their hero in their opening group-stage game against Serbia. He scored twice in that fixture, including an absolute stunner that was voted as the Goal of the Tournament.
After a quiet second game against Switzerland, the Tottenham man scored a goal and picked up an assist against South Korea to help his side qualify for the quarter-finals.
Three goals and an assist in four games is an excellent return for a striker, but UOL are adamant that Richarlison was a ‘disappointment’ for Brazil, much like his predecessors in the last two world Cups – Jesus and Fred.
The outlet wrote: “Richarlison was, at least for a few days after Brazil’s first game in the World Cup, the most talked about name in our country in all segments. And precisely, since the great goal he scored against Serbia (his second in the match) has a lot of players who can’t do it during their entire career.
“Imagine then in a World Cup game? It was spectacular! So much so that he was deservedly elected the most beautiful goal of the World Cup in Qatar.
“And Richarlison has another great quality, which is his rare charisma. It’s amazing how good people he appears to be and next to him it’s hard to see someone who isn’t smiling. But even with heartache, because he is a spectacular guy, we need to speak the truth. He owed a little bit during the World Cup.
“And, of course, it’s not just him, no. Since Ronaldo Fenômeno, in the 2006 World Cup, perhaps our best striker has been Luis Fabiano, in 2010. In 2014, Fred disappointed. In 2018, Gabriel Jesus managed to finish the Cup without scoring. And now, we have this disappointment with our number 9 shirt.”
Calling Richarlison a ‘disappointment’ is a bit too harsh in our opinion.
The Tottenham man is no Ronaldo, let’s get that straight. Expecting him to do what R9 did back in 2002 – score eight goals – would be silly and makes no sense whatsoever.
Three goals and an assist in just four appearances is an excellent return, and Richarlison should be more than happy with what he did in Qatar over the last few weeks.
The World Cup is over now and the focus is back on the Premier League. Richarlison is currently injured, but he will be a huge player for Spurs in the second half of the campaign once he returns from his injury.