Brazil (opens in new tab)‘s World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) ended in disaster as the pre-tournament favourites were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Croatia (opens in new tab) – but Richarlison hasn’t dwelled on the disappointment, wasting no time in getting himself some rather interesting ink.
The Tottenham (opens in new tab) striker was arguably his country’s star man at this, his first World Cup – and it appears he was keen to indelibly etch the experience on himself, quite literally.
Richarlison’s tatooist posted on Instagram a video of the 25-year-old’s freshly tattooed back, revealing a Mount Rushmore-esque design featuring the faces of Brazil legend Ronaldo, current teammate Neymar, and… Richarlison himself.
The enormous artwork also depicts a young fan in a Richarlison shirt, holding a football, overlooking a favela – and a message to Pele, who has been in hospital during the World Cup as he continues to battle colon cancer (opens in new tab), reading ‘You made Brazil smile’.
Richarlison scored three goals in four games at Qatar 2022, including one of the goals of the tournament: a spectacular acrobatic effort in Brazil’s opening 2-0 win over Serbia.
Having suffered a hamstring during the defeat to Croatia, Richarlison is set to miss Spurs’ return to Premier League action away to Brentford (opens in new tab) on Boxing Day; indeed, it’s been reported that he face a month out (opens in new tab).