Richarlison Parents Divorced When He Was Seven
Richarlison was raised in Brazil by parents Antonio Carlos Andrade and Vera Lucia. They separated when he was seven.
After his parents divorced, he chose to live with his father, a bricklayer, as he wanted to be a professional football player. He knew his mother would not take him to games.
Richarlison, the oldest son, occasionally worked two jobs to pay the bills in order to support his family.
He nearly gave up football due to the hardship he had following his parent's divorce. At seven, he had to choose who he wanted to live with, and shed many tears during that time. All his siblings lived with their mother while he chose to stay with his father.
Richarlison's father bought him ten balls when he was seven years old because he wanted him to be an excellent football player. He enjoyed playing with his pals and having fun on the street.
The hope of relocating his parents from a place plagued by the drug trade was the driving force behind pursuing a professional football career.
Right now, Richarlison is actively involved in several philanthropic projects in his own country because he values giving back and understands what it's like to be struggling financially.