Everton star Richarlison has been selected for Brazil’s Copa America squad.
The South American, who could cost the Toffees £50 million after an initial £35 million outlay (BBC Sport), was videoed watching the squad announcement on live TV at his grandparents’ house.
The 22-year-old received the nod from manager Tite at the expense of the likes of Lucas Moura, Vinicius Junior and Malcom, and will now gear up for the biggest summer of his career.
This year’s Copa America is hosted in Brazil, and it’s a chance for the former Fluminense youngster to become a hero for his country.
He only made his debut last summer but has since gotten eight caps and scored three times.
Catching wind of the news, legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo congratulated Richarlison on Instagram.
He said, as translated by The Liverpool Echo: “Impossible not to be moved by these images. Being summoned to the Selecao is always a unique sensation, a pride different from any other.
“This feeling can never end. Congratulations, Richarlison, you deserve so much.”
It is hard not to be touched by Richarlison’s reaction, and Ronaldo knows better than most how it feels to be selected to play for Brazil having made
The striker – who scored 291 career goals – clearly rates Richarlison, who wore the icon’s famous number nine jersey in a friendly against El Salvador.
Everton fans will be hoping their man shines back in his homeland, although not so much that other teams starting taking a closer look.