Richarlison received a virtual hand-over of his Player of the Season award for 2019-20 when his Brazil international team-mate Neymar presented it to him via video.
The former £40m acquisition from Watford has enjoyed two stellar seasons at Goodison Park and finished joint-top scorer in a each of them with 14 and 15 goals respectively.
"I'm so happy for you," Neymar said, holding the Dixie Dean trophy. "Congratulations on this achievement. I know you are the first Brazilian [to win this award].
"I hope you keep on scoring goals, helping your club, your teammates, and I you know that I'm always wishing you the best.
"Here's your trophy. It's a great pleasure for me to give it to you."
Richarlison recorded his own message thanking the club and its fans for the support they have given him since he arrived and for Everton's work in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Today is a very special day for me," Richarlison also tweeted. "Receiving the best player of the season award playing by one of the most traditional clubs in Europe, and from the hands of a guy who is my childhood idol, but who also became a team mate and a friend that the football gave me is kinda surreal.
"Thanks, Everton! Thank you, fans! And thanks for the surprise and the message, Neymar. I haven't words for thank you for all affection."
Mason Holgate was voted the Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
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1 Posted 23/09/2020 at 17:46:03
Richy voted player of the year by the fans.
Mason Holgate lands a double: fans' Young Player of the Season and - a biggy - the Players' Player of the Season.
Anthony Gordon won the U-23 player of the seaon.
Leighton's thunderbolt strike v Leicester in the quarter final of the League Cup was voted goal of the season.
Pretty much spot on, I reckon.
2 Posted 23/09/2020 at 17:54:49
3 Posted 23/09/2020 at 18:00:19
Neymar remotely presenting a Dixie Dean statuette to Richy comes right at the end.
I'll leave it as a surprise who Bill Kenwright nominates for his annual Blueblood award. It may not prove popular with some!
4 Posted 23/09/2020 at 18:48:18
5 Posted 23/09/2020 at 20:38:29
Even if it was a possibility, I'm not sure I would want him playing for us. Great skills and entertainment but at what cost to the team?
6 Posted 24/09/2020 at 06:33:02
7 Posted 24/09/2020 at 07:35:10
8 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:45:49
9 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:59:22
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