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Everton star Richarlison interrupts award ceremony to make special request to Brazil government

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Everton star Richarlison has been honoured for his work on and off the pitch in Brazil with a special commendation.

The award is the highest honour an athlete of the Espirito Santo state can receive, and Richarlison was clearly delighted to pick up his commendation on Wednesday.

However, the Everton man broke the usual protocol of the ceremony to make a special request after receiving his accolade.

The forward received the Commendation of Sporting Merit Jose de Anchieta Fontana on Wednesday - which is a big honour for anyone from the Espirito Santo state of Brazil.

The award is handed to athletes of the state who stand out in sports activities, nationally or internationally, and takes the name of the former Brazil defender and World Cup winner with his country who died in 1980 at the age of 39.

"I will always exalt my roots and know that the only thing that can make us evolve as a people, as a nation, is to invest heavily in education.

The forward posted on Instagram after receiving his honour: "Today I received the highest honor that an athlete of my state can receive.
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