Tottenham Hotspurs' misfiring forward Richarlison said he will seek psychological help on his return to England after shedding tears when he was substituted during Brazil's 5-1 thrashing of Bolivia last Friday.
The 26-year-old Brazilian was photographed crying on the bench after being taken off 71 minutes into the 2026 World Cup qualifier in Belem.
| Richarlison in tears after being substituted last night. pic.twitter.com/3Fi8EEAuMb— CentreGoals. (@centregoals) September 9, 2023
Some are skipping this part of Richarlison’s quotes:“That sad moment wasn’t even because I played poorly […] it was more of an outburst about the things that were happening off the field, which got out of control not on my part, but on the part of people who were close to me.”
— Simon Yemane (@simonyemane) September 13, 2023
The striker, who has scored only four goals in 40 games for his Premier League side, told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that he had been through a "turbulent time off the pitch" over the last five months but the storm had passed.
"Now things are right at home. People who only had an eye on my money have walked away from me," he explained. "Now things will start to flow and I'm sure I'll have a good run at Tottenham and make things happen again.
"I'm going to return to England and seek psychological help, from a psychologist, to work on my mind. That's it, to come back stronger."
Tottenham, under new manager Ange Postecoglou, are second in the Premier League.
The Australian last month backed Richarlison, who joined from Everton last year for a reported $74.95 million including add-ons, to find the net regularly despite his struggles in front of goal.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis)