World Cup 2022: Who is Richarlison, the star of Brazil’s opener in Qatar?

  • Ricardo Senra
  • BBC World Service

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Richarlison was the star of Brazil’s first group game in Qatar, scoring twice.

His second goal against Serbia was described by international media as a “masterpiece”, “magnificent”, “acrobatic” and “a moment of magic”.

The whole world had eagerly followed in the footsteps of another megastar, Neymar (who was injured and substituted in the second half), but it was 25-year-old Richarlison who emerged as the man Thursday’s game against Serbia.

Richarlison was the sole scorer in Brazil’s opening World Cup group game in Qatar, and the Tottenham Hotspur player became Brazil’s number one trending topic during the game. Amid praise for Richarlison’s performance, fans also praised the footballer’s performances off the pitch.

But what distinguishes this Brazilian footballer from so many others?


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