In a selection flooded with supporters of the Brazilian extreme right and politically alienated, the left has been looking for an idol to call its own for years.
And lo and behold, Richarlison presents himself with pomp.
Although he posed smiling next to the recently dismissed president of Nazi-fascist tendencies, the center forward is the only one who dares to take a stand on behalf of social causes.
He’s been doing this for years.
He already spoke of the importance of vaccines, defended science, demanded punishment from the merchant André de Souza Aranha, accused of raping Mariana Ferrer, manifested himself regarding the urgency of environmental causes… all that was left to do was L.
Tired of players with hollow content, fans with a social conscience were desperate for someone who could be giant on the field and equally huge off it.
Especially after such a horrible period in our history, especially having to negotiate supporting a politically miserable team, especially after Neymar declared official support for a monstrous president and threatened us with the tribute he would (will he do?) to the defeated Bolsonaro in occasion of goal scored.
Richarlison is very young (25 years old) and can still mature to be that voice in the national team. The stronger you get on the pitch, the more you can talk off the pitch.
It will be a lonely voice at first, but it will certainly win many hearts and minds along the way.
I hope that the neymarization that took over the selection environment does not discourage Richarlison.
The second goal he scored today is a rare artistic expression. A crazy acrobatics in search of the ball and putting it in the goal at all costs.
A movement by Neo in The Matrix, done impromptu to show that Brazilian football breathes through the cracks.
Crack goal. Genius goal. Goal that lets us dream not only with the sixth but with the birth of an idol like this country deserves to have.