Brazilian forward, Richarlison, could have started keeping the promise he made to Carlo Ancelotti as he scored a brace in Brazil’s World Cup opener.
The Real Madrid manager coached the forward while he was at Everton for a while before moving to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Before moving to London, the Brazilian played an important role in the Toffees’ offence, scoring 43 goals and dishing out 12 assists in 135 games for the Merseyside club.
Naija News recalls that when he was away on international duty, the 25-year-old told Globo Esporte per TribalFootball some years back: “Now, with Ancelotti, a guy who won everything, he’s always telling me some story, correcting me, guiding me. That’s what makes a player evolve.
“I can only grow with his arrival, and who knows, I can become a scorer and grow even more as a professional.
“Ancelotti himself has already said that I’m among the 10 best strikers he has coached and that’s an honour for me.
“It motivated me a lot, I want to improve even more. He already told me that I’ll win the Golden Ball [Ballon d’Or], that I’ll win several championships. I’ll trust the man’s word.
“Now I just need to improve, working hard in training, so I can continue to evolve.”
The native of Nova Venécia has now scored twice at the 2022 World Cup, and his second goal, a stunning scissor kick, astonished the crowd.