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Everton's Richarlison reveals he nearly quit football aged 16 as he looks to end season strongly 

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Richarlison has revealed that he almost quit football when he was 16 years old The winger used football to escape hardship when he was back home in BrazilRicharlison is now hoping to end the season in positive fashion with Everton 

Things have not quite gone according to plan for Everton this season as they sit in the bottom half of the table ahead of Sunday's home match with Chelsea.

From a professional point of view, it is not what Richarlison would have hoped for after joining last summer from Watford for a fee that could eventually rise to £50million.

But the vagaries of football are a complete joy compared to what life could have been like back in Brazil.

Everton's Richarlison has revealed that he almost quit football when he was 16 years old

As a teenager, Richarlison became used to the painful feeling of rejection. Club after club knocked him back and he was facing up to the realities of real life.

The Brazilian had to do menial work to bring in vital money for the family, but Richarlison kept at it, and his luck changed following a trial at America Mineiro, in a city 400 miles from home.

From there, a golden ticket has taken him to the Premier League.

Richarlison, who has scored 12 goals this season, is looking to finish the season strongly

'I almost did quit football,' he reveals. 'I was aged 16 and I was needed at home to pull my weight. I had to bring in food.

'I sold ice-creams and cleaned cars at the car wash. My grandfather also had a piece of land and I'd help him plant coffee and peanuts.

'Football in Brazil is a great escape from hardship. The cities have loads of pitches and they are like a refuge. For many, it was an escape from drugs. My coach was a great example and someone who helped me a lot. Now I want to end the season well for Everton.'

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