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Brazilian football legend Rivaldo believes Everton forward Richarlison has shown the potential to forge a successful career for both club and country after his impressive start to life at his new club.

The 21-year-old scored three goals in his first two Premier League starts for Everton after moving to Merseyside from Watford for a deal British media estimated to be worth around 40 million pounds.

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His fast start has earned him a maiden call-up to the Brazil national side for friendlies in the United States against the hosts on Friday and El Salvador four days later.

“Nowadays it’s hard to know if a player really deserves the money spent on him because transfer values are high.

“I believe he’ll justify the investment at Everton. He is making things happen.

“He’s producing solid performances in the Premier League and is clearly a good player,

“With great potential that could be really important for Brazil soon,” 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo told British media

However, Richarlison has had his own bad moment in his new club after he was sent off against Bournemouth last month for aiming a head-butt at Adam Smit,

Rivaldo said the forward had to control his emotions better if he wanted to reach the top.

“He was sent off after losing his temper and needs to understand that to become a top player he must relax and avoid this kind of behaviour,” Rivaldo added.

“I’m sure he will learn from this lesson, after all it was his mistake and he is the one that will suffer with that and he certainly won’t repeat it again soon.”