World Cup 2022: Richarlison: Brazil’s World Cup exit was worse than losing a family member

More than a month has passed since Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup in Qatar by Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Given that they were the favourites for the title, many of the Brazilian players present at that game are still mourning and showing their deep sorrow and regret.

One such player is Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison, who was one of the key players for the Brazilian national team in Qatar as he scored one of the best goals of the tournament in the group stages.

Brazil were expected to reach at least the semi-final where they would have faced Argentina in a historic game, but they were knocked out by Croatia on penalties in the quarter-final.

The anguish was felt by Brazilians all over the world, especially after they had to see major rivals Argentina lift the trophy, but no one felt it more than the players.

Richarlison compares the World Cup exit to a death

Speaking in a recent mixed zone to ESPN, Richarlison did not hold back when asked about the disappointment.

“It was a blow, I think worse than losing a family member,” he said.

“It was difficult to recover. To this day, when I watch videos on social media and it makes me sad.

“But we have to move on. I’m still young, I think I still have one or two World Cups to go.

“I will keep working hard so that things start to flow again, the goals start to come out, which is what I know how to do on the field.”