Because of his mohican hairstyle, his colleagues nicknamed him Cebolinha, as a character of the Turma da Mônica, one of the most popular comics in Brazil. The forward of Gremio de Porto Alegre started the Copa América as substitute. It was entering little by little in the team of Tite until not leaving more. With dribbling, speed on the left wing and two goals, he managed to make the local fans and the Brazilian team feel less about Neymar's absence.
Everton Soares (Maracanaú, Ceará, 1996) comes from the quarry of Fortaleza, Ceará. In 2013, at age 16, he was signed by the Guild for about 70,000 euros. His great moment came in the semi-final of the Club World Cup, in 2017, when he scored the winning goal against Pachuca in his most characteristic play: he slid the ball towards the center, took it to the right leg and ended with a strong shot crossed. A combination similar to that of their first goal in the Copa América, closing the 3-0 triumph of Brazil over Bolivia.
Tite was not convinced that Everton should be a starter until the third match against Peru. The coach took David Neres out of the position that Neymar previously occupied. From Everton's feet came the main attack moves. At 31 minutes into the first half, he scored the third Brazilian goal. He left the field as the best player of the game. "Everton was the Guild's top scorer this season. He strived to deserve the opportunity in the selection, showing personality and efficiency, "says Tite.
The striker is one of the symbols of renewal of the Canarinha. It appeared in the first call after the 2018 World Cup. Few minutes in a friendly against the United States, last September, were enough to convince him with his repertoire. As he is not afraid to bargain or to face-to-face duels, Everton has become the right eye of the fans in Brazil. His name was the most applauded in the quarterfinal match against Paraguay.
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At age 23, he is living the best moment of his career. He only settled as a starter in 2018, but it is already the great bet of Gremio to enter money with a new sale abroad after Arthur to Barcelona. The directors of the club say behind the scenes that they only accept to discuss from 40 million euros. Clubs like Manchester City follow the striker since last year. "I'm still a Guild player. I do not want to think about anything during the Copa America, "he said after the victory in penalties over Paraguay. "This is the best moment of my life. I need to keep my focus on work so I do not get carried away by fame. " Has a contract until 2022 with Gremio, with a clause of 60 million euros.
Cebolinha personifies what Tite calls "destabilizing end", a forward open to the bands, like the leaders of yesteryear, capable of haggling and disarming the rival defenses. He is the player with the best advantage of dribbling in the Copa América, ahead of Messi and Alexis Sánchez.
Everton must win even more prominence in the semifinal classic, since it occupies a problematic sector for the Argentines. The three goals conceded by Argentina in the tournament came to him on his right. The substitute substitute is announced as Tite's weapon to exploit the fragility of his greatest rival.