Richarlison has admitted to the Daily Mail that he found it exhausting playing so many games after competing at the Olympics, but is grateful Everton let him to represent Brazil.

The forward faced a gruelling run between the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season and the Games in Tokyo. Carlo Ancelotti fielded him 40 times across all competitions during the Italian’s final campaign at the Goodison Park helm.

He also played four World Cup qualifiers for the Selecao last autumn and two this summer. While adding a further seven appearances to his record at the Copa America as Tite’s side reached the final. Before playing all six games as Brazil secured the gold medal in August.

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Altogether, Richarlison played 59 games and 4,809-minutes for Everton and Brazil between September 13, 2020, and August 7, 2021. And it was not long before he was back in action for the Toffees leading Rafa Benitez’s attack. Starting the season-opener on August 14.

Richarlison would play 89-minutes against Southampton, before 90-minutes against Leeds United and Brighton, plus 81-minutes against Burnley. Adding more miles to a clock already feeling the effects of a gruelling number of games.

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Richarlison appreciates Everton let him play for Brazil

Benitez would likely have added more minutes to Richarlison’s Everton record had the Brazil forward not sustained a knee injury. He has missed the Toffees’ last four games in all competitions, and will sit out Sunday’s clash with West Ham.

But despite admitting his mammoth minutes haul over the past 12-months was exhausting, Richarlison appreciated Everton let him represent Brazil.

“A happy ending,” Richarlison said. “It was exhausting to play so many games, but I want to be in the national team whenever it’s possible. The Olympics have always been a dream for me. I didn’t want to miss this chance. Everton were really kind to let me play in Tokyo.”

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Brazil also appreciated Everton allowing Richarlison to compete at the Olympics, so did not call the 24-year-old up for their September international fixtures. Injury also forced him to stay on Merseyside for this month’s, but he aims to return to Tite’s plans soon. Adding:

“The World Cup is a dream. Defending my country against the best teams in the world is something I always wanted. I’ve been in all Tite’s squads since the World Cup in Russia, with the exception of the last two due to the quarantine problem and now a knee injury.

“But I want to come back even stronger after the recovery period, so that I can be in the squad and continue towards the World Cup.”

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