Richarlison hails 'special moment' against Palace

Sunday, 22 May, 2022 55comments  |  Jump to last

Richarlison says that Everton's incredible comeback against Crystal Palace that ensured Premier League survival and ended a turbulent campaign was one of the highlights of his career.

The Brazilian scored another vital goal, swivelling to clip the ball past Jack Butland and wipe out the 2-0 lead Palace had established by half-time, which set the stage for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score his most important goal to date five minutes from time and complete the fight-back.

Evertonians flooded the pitch at full-time in an outpouring of jubilant relief and the celebrations continued with the players behind an arc of police while Frank Lampard eventually made his way to the Directors Box to hug those members of the Everton hierarchy and Goodison's greats who were in attendance.

"The invasion of the crowd was something I had never witnessed in my career,” he told Globo Esporte. They were all very distressed, worried about the situation, and in the end, it was a relief for everyone to win and escape relegation. It was all very exciting.

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"It was one of the most special games of my career. A moment I will never forget. We went through a very difficult situation during the season, there was nothing calm during the year and what remains is the learning of all of us, because a team like Everton can no longer be in a situation like this."

Richarlison has, inevitably, become the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Everton, with former manager Carlo Ancelotti credited with interest in the 25-year-old for Real Madrid now that Kylian Mbappé has elected to stay with Paris Saint-Germain.

A recent change in agents sparked suggestions that he was preparing to leave Goodison after 4 years and Everton's failure to challenge for European football this season may prompt him to seek a club that can offer him Champions League football.

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 20/05/2022 at 21:27:46
What a player Richarlison is to have at Everton. World class, not just because of his technical ability but because of his resilience in the face of being targeted week after week. This is one seriously tough guy, he gets taken out and bounces back multiple times every game to make a difference.

I think Carragher does Richie and huge disservice criticising him for feigned injury. He’s trying to get protection from the nasty dark arts tackles he constantly faces. Lesser players would shy away or be praying for a move to a softer league. Not Richarlison, he dusts himself down and gives is all every time, maximum effort and passion. Not easy when he must often be playing through some sort of pain from the treatment he gets.

Throughout this season Calvert- Lewin has been injured and Richarlison has carried the weight up front. It’s not been an easy task with the team in turmoil but he has fought his hardest to make up for that almost season long injury loss. These last half a dozen games his determination and goals have been a massive part of the reason we have stayed up.

There’s a possibility that’s the last time we will see him at Goodison, PSG and others will be calling. If he goes I will shed more than a tear, a bucket full. Even so I would wish him all the best and good luck for he future. I hope with Frank’s influence he’ll find a way to stay with us a bit longer.

There’s not many players who can completely capture the hearts and souls of Evertonians, Richarlison Andrade is, and will always be, one of them. The iconic picture of him holding the blue flare after his goal will be forever etched into Goodison folklore. It captures his love passion for the club and in turn Evertonians love and passion for him.

Whatever the future holds, thanks Richie.

Tony Hill
2 Posted 20/05/2022 at 23:23:26
Mike, you're right but he scores at important times. I think I'm right in saying that he is close to the top of the charts for significant, game-changing goals?

I think he's a pretty unique player in style and outcome and may be of interest to other clubs for that reason.

By the way, Mike, I would like to apologise for my rudeness to you on another, non-football topic recently which I shan't name for these purposes but of which we are both aware. I feel very strongly about it, and so do you, and we won't ever agree, but I was out of line by making it personal. Sorry, mate.

Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 20/05/2022 at 23:43:50
Tony, apology accepted and appreciated. Thank you.

With regards to Richarlison, I agree he will most definitely interest lots of other clubs -- just not, I believe, the very tippy-top ones John mentioned.

Chris #4, okay, compared to players on teams at our general level of quality, Richarlison scores at almost exactly the same rate as Toney of Brentford, Watkins of Villa and Dennis of Watford. Like Rich, they are fine players but none will be pursued by the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern, because none has the level of "galactico" talent those clubs look for in their forwards.

If I'm wrong, great, because we'll cash in big-time... but I think it's more likely we'll get mid-range offers from Champions League clubs like Atletico and Sevilla. And I would not be at all eager to accept them, because Rich would be greatly missed and very hard to replace.

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 21/05/2022 at 08:14:07
Mike, I disagree. There are only a few clubs in world football who can afford Richarlison.

Leverkusen and Marseille are not in that league.

He will go to one of:

- Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal or Newcastle Utd
- Barca, Real, Athletic
- Bayern
- Inter, AC, Roma or Juve

And I'm not sure all of them could afford the £65M (+) fee. Likeliest for me are Atletico, PSG and Man Utd under Ten Hag.

He's not a silky skills type although he has plenty of talent. His unique selling point is that he's relentless – and that complements silkier skills alongside him.

Very likeable player.

Jason Li
5 Posted 21/05/2022 at 08:26:37
Inzaghi at Milan and Juventus was prolific at missing chances.

So is Jesus at City, Rashford at Utd, Neymar at PSG - all of them have lost their goalscoring touch.

Richarlison scores any type of goal, and most of them for Everton this season were difficult ones like the overhead kick and from bad corners where he's stooping or stretching to reach the ball.

In a top team, he'll bag plenty and has loads of time to improve.

Let's hope Frank has a list of replacements ready, like Broja at Southampton.

Peter Mills
6 Posted 21/05/2022 at 09:40:09
Richarlison has frustrated me many times, running into blind alleys, failing to pass at the right time, diving.

But his performances these past few weeks have been selfless and have saved us. Good on him.

Martin Mason
7 Posted 21/05/2022 at 09:58:42
It's unfair to class Richie as a striker. His best position is as a forward wide cutting in, in this position and in defending and pressing I don't believe that he has an equal in the modern game. For me he's one of the best players I've seen at Everton especially in the modern game. I will be really disappointed if he leaves.
Laurie Hartley
8 Posted 21/05/2022 at 12:51:17
I have followed Everton for as far back as I can remember which is about 63 years. I was devasted when my dad (God rest his soul) told me we had sold Alan Ball to Arsenal. I will feel the same way if we sell Richarlison.

He plays his heart out for us - he is a blue blood in the truest sense of the word.

Kim Vivian
9 Posted 21/05/2022 at 15:22:21
I love Richarlison. Has frustrated me as much as he has others but his work rate is phenomenal. With thanks to Silva for bringing him here, and credit to Silva for bringing him to Watford, Richarlison has become a real blue blood. His celebration after scoring on Thursday spoke volumes and summed him up in a nutshell.

He thoroughly deserves any move to a Champions League club, hopefully not in the Premier League, and I would wish him the best of luck.

I would love it to happen but I see little chance of him staying unless he thinks we might do a "Leicester" next season, and fair enough to him.

Thanks, Richie — you are an Everton legend in my time.

Terry Downes
10 Posted 21/05/2022 at 15:40:42
Hope it’s not Man Utd... I'd be gutted if so.
Lee Courtliff
11 Posted 21/05/2022 at 15:42:34
He dives, he sulks, he holds onto the ball too long and he misses loads of chances... but he's an absolute hero to us!!

I'll miss him but I wish him well in his career. I think he's perfect for the modern 4-3-3 formation and will have a host of Champions League clubs after him.

Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 21/05/2022 at 16:00:39
Robert, I actually think Man Utd is the most likely destination for him -- he'd be the ideal replacement for Greenwood -- but the idea of seeing him in that foul uniform literally makes me sick, so I didn't write that in my response. (I would root for the Taliban against Man Utd.) We agree on Atletico.

And obviously if anybody comes in with a £65M bid, we have to take it.

But if it's only £50M, we must say No.

There's another factor to consider... the World Cup. More than anything in the world, Richarlison will want to be starting for Brazil in Qatar this fall. He is absolutely guaranteed to start every game for us if healthy but, if he were to go to a PSG or a Bayern, where he'd have intense competition for every minute, he'd be risking the playing time he needs to be top of mind for Tite.

So, to me, it's far from a foregone conclusion that he's leaving.

Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 21/05/2022 at 16:19:42
Mbappe staying at PSG should take them off the table as a possible suitor for Richarlison.
Peter Carpenter
14 Posted 21/05/2022 at 22:24:22
Good and bad news, Mike. As you say, it might remove them as suitors but, if he does go, does it make it more likely that he goes to another Premier League team? I absolutely couldn't stand that. Better stay with us for a bit longer, Richie!
Joe McMahon
15 Posted 21/05/2022 at 22:51:48
He has been carrying our awful team since he arrived. You don't become a first-team regular for Brazil if you are good. He's more than good. If he was at Man City, with their midfield, maybe the critics would shut up.

And no, I don't want him to go to another Premier League team. He is our biggest asset, and the big boys in Europe will only be interested in one Everton player, and it's not Pickford or Calvert-Lewin.

We are in a financial mess and Richarlison will want to play Champions League football.

Niall McIlhone
16 Posted 21/05/2022 at 22:57:21
Tony, I think you hit the ball right out of the park with your last paragraph.

For me, Richarlison is an enigma, as he presents as being rather snarky and we never seem to see him smile on the pitch, either with opponents or team mates. On the other hand, there is no other player who can convey his passion for playing his football, and I feel that he knows how much the fans appreciate his relentless effort in a blue shirt.

I have heard that Richarlison has a number of his extended family members living with him, or visiting him, and that he is settled and happy in his personal life, and he is reported to be happy in the way that Everton have treated him, including concessions to allow him to play for his national team, such as his release for the Olympics in 2021. Maybe that counts for something, I am not sure, but I would love it if he gave us one more season.

As for the iconic picture of him with the flare, I gotta get me one of those tee-shirts!!!!

Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 21/05/2022 at 23:32:32
Niall, judging by the postgame changing room video from Thursday, Richarlison is also immensely popular with his teammates. They were cheering him wildly.
Niall McIlhone
18 Posted 21/05/2022 at 23:46:48
Yes, Mike, I saw that, and the Tunnel Access video on You Tube, not sure if it was the same one, but it does seem he is popular in the dressing room.

As others have said, it seems very likely we will lose him, but few players will have left Everton with such goodwill from the fanbase. We do remember our icons, and despite the fact that Richarlison would not be able to boast much more than last year's Florida Cup as something he's won with Everton, he nonetheless would be honoured by most Toffees long in the memory.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:09:43
I agree with Mike that he is not yet top class but I think he’s not far off. And in a team with more possession he would obviously get more chances. Plus unlike the likes of Toney he has not always had penalties to boost his tally.

He also has more glamour due to his status as a starter in the Brazilian team. His work ethic is impressive and he is able to score a variety of different goals which is also useful to teams.

I can imagine there being interest in him from the highest levels and wouldnt be surprised if Ancelloti saw him as a Mbappe alternative.

I suspect one of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison will be sold and either should cost around the £50-60M mark. Who would be harder to replace?

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:42:40
He's only a young man, but some of the sentences that he has spoken show him to be an intelligent kid, and wherever he plays his football next season, it's perfectly clear that he loves Everton, and will always have a great connection with most of our fans.

Richarlison is a footballer who produces a bit of everything imo – the good, the bad and the ugly, but because he never stops trying, his potential is limitless, and I for one hope he reaches his maximum potential, because he's never stopped trying for Everton, whenever he's put on a blue shirt.

Goodison Park was unforgettably magnificent on Thursday night, but my favorite moment in years was when Richarlison picked up the smoke-bomb, held it, and then threw it into the crowd. A Brazilian scouser – he will be once he cuts out some of his theatrics – even though he gets kicked from pillar to post, and is possibly afforded the least protection in the league.

Dale Rose
21 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:48:15

Sums him up perfectly. A credit to the shirt.

Stan Schofield
22 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:50:00
Richarlison Andrade is a superb player, and world class. I hope he stays at Everton.

From a different angle, Liverpool fans absolutely hate him. That is a sure sign of just how good he is.

Derek Knox
23 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:54:27
Tony A, spot on, I truly hope he stays with us, and doesn't get his head turned by Agents and the lure of the grass on the other side of the fence. If we have to sell I am sure we have plenty to get rid of, well before even thinking about letting him go, should the situation arise.

He's probably my favourite player for, many of the reasons you mentioned, but also think an invaluable member of the first team and squad. He should be one of the few who SHOULD stay and build a team round.

Julian Exshaw
24 Posted 22/05/2022 at 09:55:44
I just hope he stays.
Terry Farrell
25 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:01:55
He is up there with my fav players of all time and I'm an old git. Gives it all is as strong as an ox and very talented. Would love him to stay but imagine how he could play for someone like Man City? He is already world class and a Brazil regular.
Ian Riley
26 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:11:59
Very good player but not world class. The term 'world class' is branded too easy these days. The consistency is missing from his game. Scoring 20 to 25 goals consistently would put him up there. Sorry but this season he has been wanting when we needed the work rate up front.

Stays, he must improve on a regular basis. Real Madrid, PSG, Man City, won't be calling yet. Take £80 million – you bet ya, to build the team. Real decisions need to be made with this team now. They all have let us down badly this season. No player is beyond selling.

Terry Farrell
27 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:18:31
Ian, Richies 'work rate' is beyond question in my eyes. He has turned out many times with knocks that would keep other players out and still gives everything for the cause. World class is about opinions and the world Cup might change your mind.
Martin Mason
28 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:28:38
Richarlison is absolutely world class and would be devastating in a good side as he is for his National side, get it? Top world class side, top "world class" player. We would sell him in a flash if we made him available to a host of "world class" club sides. The guy has everything but especially a heart and engine.
Joe Digney
29 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:29:27
Will be gutted if he moves on this summer, the “pigeon” really stepped up to the plate when we needed him the most.

Think I saw a stat saying he scored in 6 out the last 9 games, what a player and what a man.

Mark Ryan
30 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:29:53
I think in a better quality team he would thrive.

Ian says "consistency and goals" are missing from his game. I think he has carried us. I can't think of another player, other than Pickford as goalkeeper, who's name would be an automatic pick this season. We have been so poor that every player has been lambasted on here from Seamus right through the team to Calvert-Lewin. Richy has been carrying us for months and has had little to no support to score those goals that Ian is looking for. In a Top 4 team, he would be a giant.

I hope to God he stays but if we have to sell Richarlison I could only say "thanks for saving us". Without him in the team this season, we'd be gone.

Christy Ring
31 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:35:02
Ian #26,

'He has been wanting this season'?

You must be watching a different player to me. He's the one player who has carried the team, he never stops with his passion,100% effort and vital goals this season. I hope Frank can convince him to stay, and put his own stamp on the ins and outs this summer.

Stan Schofield
32 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:46:09
Ian Bennett
33 Posted 22/05/2022 at 10:47:34
If we didn't have Richarlison this season, we'd be down Ian. He's been the only bit of quality we've had this season.

I like Gordon, but Richarlison has scored goals when it's mattered. Not many others over the season have stepped up.

Sadly I think he will go to United or Newcastle this summer. I'd keep him if we can. He's our talisman.

Derek Knox
34 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:02:05
Ian @ 26, are you a wind up merchant ? Every post I see of yours contradicts everyone else's views. I have always maintained that as a fan base we won't ever, all agree on certain issues, that is healthy in my opinion, but you seem to relish swimming upstream or against the tide, without providing anything other than your opinion, with little or no substance.

I will just skip your posts from now on, because I know you won't have anything positive to comment on, and I amongst others won't have to go through the process of reading them. Please remind me and others.

Which team, do you support ?

Brian Hennessy
35 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:08:44
Knowing the way Man U's luck is going at the moment, they will sign Richie for 80 Million just before he receives a 10 game ban for the flare throwing incident.
Danny O’Neill
36 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:15:51
I know he's not always been to everyone's flavour, but I've always liked him. Footballing aside, it's his desire and commitment. The sulking might be frowned upon, but to me, that's largely because he gives a shit. I also think there is a lot of frustration because players like him, once they (rightly or wrongly) get a reputation, they get little protection from referees. It's starting to happen to Anthony Gordon now too.

You saw what Everton meant to him on Thursday for those who have watched the tunnel access footage. If you haven't, do so.

Whatever happens, I'm confident he'll always be welcomed back to Goodison warmly.

Steve Byles
37 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:22:07
I’d offer Richie top dollar to stay. He’s easily our most important player and opponents hate him.

Build the team around him and Dele.

Brian Harrison
38 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:26:20
I have no idea if Richarlison will be here next season, but he deserves the upmost respect from our fans, he reminds me a lot of Dave Hickson a man who would die for the Blue shirt. His passion for the club and the fans are a rarity and even more so from someone born so far from Goodison. This season he has carried this club almost singlehandedly at times, yes he does go down sometimes too easily and yes he does milk it. But his plus points far outweigh his bad points.

I believe he can play in any top team.

Ian Riley
39 Posted 22/05/2022 at 11:59:38
Derek#26 please don't question who I support. Myself and family from Everton support this great club through the generations.

Richarlison I would hand a five year contract every day of the week. I was pointing out the term "world class". Once he adds the consistency he will be world class.
His technique is not in question and yes without him we may have struggled far more. In a top 4 side in Europe he would thrive due to the quality players around him.

My view on selling richy is building the squad up. Keep him and we will be better for it. Economically and player expectations will decide.

Derek this site is all about opinions, views right or wrong. It gives us the supporters world wide a platform. I love the difference of opinion from everyone as we all see things differently. Richarlison stays, injuries improve and we add 3 players. This squad can achieve and improve in seasons to come.

Ray Robinson
40 Posted 22/05/2022 at 12:10:48
I’m old school, an old git who hates players who go to ground too easily but I have the utmost respect for Richie - our modern day Alan Ball. If he decides to go, I’ll understand and forgive. He deserves his chance at the top table for his whole-hearted effort and commitment. I know that when he leaves, he’ll retain a passion for the club and he knows he’s guaranteed a warm welcome whenever he returns. Pickford and Richie have kept us up this season.
Brian Murray
41 Posted 22/05/2022 at 12:27:21
ian riley post 39. I think i’ve only seen your last input but it didn’t seem too bad. I’m guilty of being scathing to Everton because I hate the way it’s run but that’s another story. Doesn’t make me or you any more of a blue. Enjoy the day and hope peps lads get over the line god willing. As for next season keane and holgate etc have let us down time and time again but if the penny has dropped then i’d keep them but not nailed on first team. All depends on the opposition if a high line we’ll forget about keane. I bet at six six will be gone anyway.
Paul Gallagher
42 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:25:03
If City win the EPL today and next year, they and Everton will be level with league titles. What a sad decline this club has become, City only had 2 league titles prior to the last ten years.
Brian Denton
43 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:49:43
Paul Gallagher, I don't think that City factlet, which I have been pointing out to my Villa-supporting friends (City will overtake their 7 today), is a reflection on our decline as much as a reflection of the structure of the Premier League/Champions League. Bosman, 'coefficients', shedloads of subs, playing surfaces like bowling greens, the inability to get in a tasty early tackle on the opposition etc etc. All of these have led to the ludicrous situation where Championships garnered over a century can be wiped out in a decade by the likes of City and Chelsea.
Ian Riley
44 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:51:37
Brian#43 our time will come again! Everything does full circle.
Danny O’Neill
45 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:53:05
Similar theme.

We overtook Arsenal with the 85 and 87 title wins.

Just over a decade later they were 4 ahead of us again (I think it's 4)

Brian Denton
46 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:55:19
Ian - just as Huddersfield fans were saying at the end of the 20s a couple of seasons after they'd won their third Title on the trot
Will Mabon
47 Posted 22/05/2022 at 13:59:49
Paul, it used to be mostly a sport supported by business. Now it's the business of sport.

Notwithstanding the Moores years, our early successes (and those of all other clubs) were earned on a much more level playing field, on mostly pure football terms. Different times, and those achievements can never be taken away. Those who didn't earn it at the time, cannot go back and buy it now. That's true history.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
48 Posted 22/05/2022 at 14:25:05
Best memory - the video of Richarlison when we scored the winner against Newcastle. He had been subbed and he was on his feet willing the ball to go in and when it did he ran 70 yards across the pitch to join the celebrations. That is how much it meant to him.
Everton has touched him.
John McFarlane Snr
49 Posted 22/05/2022 at 14:26:06
Hi Will [47] the norm in my early days of watching football, many clubs were helped by local business-men, the one that springs to mind is Bob Lord [Burnley]. John Moores wasn't in it for the money, as I recall it he loaned Everton a sum of money 'Interest Free'
Paul Gallagher
50 Posted 22/05/2022 at 14:33:43
Winning a trophy in the next 5 years has to be the main priority. Mates of mine who are RS and Arse fans send me a reminder every year at the start and end of every season when Everton last won a trophy. The clock is adding years, weeks, hours, minutes and seconds since 20th May 1995.
Mike Gaynes
51 Posted 22/05/2022 at 15:06:47
Tony A, my feeling is that he has already reached the limit of his potential at age 25. His effort and commitment are off the charts, and he's a consistent goal-every-three-games guy in the Premier League, but I think it's unlikely he'll ever be more than that. He gets on the end of passes tremendously, but he lacks the quickness to beat people off the dribble and doesn't have a big shot with either foot.

To me the biggest weakness in his game is the one Pete hints at -- he does not create well for others. When he passes, it's often too late and off target. That aspect of his game did seem to improve slightly under Ancelotti's tutelage, and Carlo might conceivably gamble that he can elevate Rich to the top level, but I really would be surprised.

Bill Gall
52 Posted 22/05/2022 at 15:08:30
Paul #42
Lets not forget the advantages City have had to win these titles. Like new owners worth over 20 billion, able to spend on world class players before FFP came into effect, VAR with short sighted officials, becoming one of the SKY favorites that influenced refereeing decisions.
Nicolas Piñon
53 Posted 23/05/2022 at 00:25:29
Richarlison has been Evertons biggest threat since he arrived four years ago. I havent seen a player give hes all for the shirt as Richy's done and taking into account hes come from a foreign country the credit to him is even bigger. Generally players come and go easily, just want the money but this guy wants the complete glory. I havent been risen in the streets, but I see Richarlison as someone who plays as if he were playing with hes mates in the favella in Brazil. Hes scared to nothing and always finds a way of making good things happen and even better in the box, where it counts more. He deserves to be given the chance to go if he wants to, although I wouldnt be happy if that happens, but hes earned every right to do so.
I believe hes given the club more than the club has given him in terms of not being able to give him european football and that might be the reason him leaving. His best football years are in front of him and if he is ambicious hell probably look for champions league football. Id love him to stay but I think this lad wants to be a true football star and Everton hasn't risen to that unfortunately. Hope he stays one more year, maybe Frank can make the miracle happen.
Jay Harris
54 Posted 23/05/2022 at 01:48:49
As an aside I was surprised to learn Sunderland have won the league 6 times and been runners up 5 times. Mostly before the second world war.

I just hope we don't head down that same path of nothingness and can somehow regain our trophy winning habits.

Christine Foster
55 Posted 23/05/2022 at 10:54:11
Richarlison. I suspect he will go overseas to CL club in Spain or Italy, he may win medals, I hope he does, he deserves to. But that night against Palace is the one he will remember when his playing days are over. A moment like that is hard to find in a lifetime. Etched on a dream, burnt into memory, it will always make him smile, fill him with pride.
Once Everton has touched you, you will never be the same.

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