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Richarlison reveals Ronaldo inspiration ahead of Brazil’s final

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Richarlison revealed that Ronaldo Nazario is his idol as he prepares to help Brazil claim glory in Sunday’s Copa America final.

Following a breakthrough campaign at Everton, Richarlison is now a fully-fledged member of the Brazil team and is a part of this summer’s Copa America team.

The 22-year-old attacker featured in two of Brazil’s Group A matches, but has struggled to recover for the knockout stages due to an unfortunate bout of mumps.

Therefore, Richarlison has been forced to sit on the sidelines as the Selecao defeated Paraguay and Argentina to book their spot in the Copa Ameria final.

Head coach Tite, though, did voice his confidence that Richarlison could return in time for this weekend’s final at the legendary Maracana.

“It’s interesting to learn the history of this famous ground and to know that the great names of Pele and Ronaldo have also played before me here,” Richarlison told the St. Domingo zine.

“It makes me want to continue to represent Brazil here.”

Quizzed on who he idolised, Richarlison replied: “Ronaldo, especially. I grew up watching his goals on YouTube.

“The two goals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final bring back a lot of joy for me.

“It was a big moment of inspiration to go outside and emulate him.”

The Brazilian star also opened up on the origins of his pigeon dance goal celebration, which he does every time he scores.

“The celebration is from a holiday with my friends in Rio,” revealed Richarlison.

“We were playing football on the beach and, for some reason, I created this celebration.

“It brought joy in the moment, and I decided to take it on to the pitch when I scored.

“It really is a beautiful thought to imagine the joy the celebration brings the fans.”

Richarlison has scored five goals and made four assists in 12 appearances for Brazil after debuting in September 2018.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 21: Phelippe Coutinho and Richarlison of Brazil stretch during official training session as part of the Copa America Brazil 2019 at Corinthians Arena on June 21, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alessandra Cabral/Getty Images)