Everton’s Richarlison Continues To Help Make Dreams Come True

The Brazilian footballer proves he’s the Toffee with a very soft centre
13:00, 23 Sep 2019

Everton forward Richarlison is at it again, showing his generous side and using his position to help his local community and those less fortunate than himself.

Having already raised money for a school and collected food for the village where he was born, he is now helping a young footballer realise her dreams.

The Toffees talisman came to the rescue of Ana Debora after she landed a trial at Vasco Da Gama but couldn’t afford to make the journey.

Richarlison, who is from the same home state of Espirito Santo in Brazil as the 18-year-old, noticed her appeal on social media and messaged her directly to help her out.

Paying for her travel to Rio de Janeiro, as well as accommodation, Ana Debora will take a step closer to realising her ambitions this week.

Speaking exclusively to The Sportsman on Sunday as she embarked on her journey, Debora was amazed to hear from the forward and is grateful for his support.

“I feel amazing. We have spoken almost every day since he first contacted me and I know that he is here for me.

“He plays for one of the most important teams in one of the most important leagues in the world and I’m very proud that he is from the same city as me. I’m ready for the challenge,” she said.

Speaking to Brazilian media, Richarlison said he was only too happy to help.

"I was touched by Ana Debora's story because she is from my state," he told Gazeta Online. "She is a battling girl who dreams of playing in a big club like Vasco. I contacted her via social network and I'm happy to be able to help make this test at the club.”

Richarlison added that he will be "cheering for her a lot!"

Ana lists the former Fluminense star among her favourite players in the men’s game, along with Neymar Jr. 

She also idolises Marta and Debinha and her dream is for the women’s game to be one day as big as the men’s.

“At one time women’s football had no visibility but now I think a lot is changing.” she insists. “My biggest wish is to make women’s football just as important as men’s. If the passion is the same, why not?”

Richarlison has repeatedly shown his incredible kindness with many amazing gestures.

This summer, he helped a student raise £10,000 to take part in an international maths tournament. And he collected food for underprivileged people in Nova Venecia, where he comes from.

“6.4 tons of food collected,” he said on Instagram at the time. “If there is a chance of making a small difference in one's life, do not think twice. Thank you, once again, Nova Venécia and the whole region!" he said.

What a guy, using his position for so much good and helping to potentially unearth a future star of Brazil Women’s national team!