SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazil and Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson stated in a podcast on Friday that he’s bisexual, a uncommon reveal in a rustic the place macho tradition in soccer is rife.
He’s the primary participant from a Brazilian top-flight group to say he’s bisexual.
The 39-year-old Richarlyson performed two matches for Brazil in 2008. He was a part of the Sao Paulo squad that received the 2005 Membership World Cup towards Liverpool. The midifelder additionally received three nationwide titles for the membership. Ricky, as followers used to name him, was additionally in Atletico Mineiro’s Copa Libertadores profitable squad in 2013.
“All my life I used to be requested whether or not I used to be homosexual or not. I had relationships with males and I had relationships with girls, too,” Richarlyson stated within the podcast aired by web site Globo Esporte. “I’m regular, I’ve needs and need. I dated males, I date girls. So what?
“So many individuals say it is crucial that I rise up, so I made a decision to say it right now. I’m bisexual.
The previous footballer who was a pundit at TV Globo stated he didn’t speak about his sexuality beforehand as a result of he believed “the world will not be able to have this dialogue and deal with this naturally.”
The one comparable public case in Brazil was a fourth division participant in 2010; goalkeeper Messi, who performed for Palmeira, a group from the inland metropolis of Goianinha.
Richarlyson stated he selected his profession over revealing his sexuality.
“I’m not saying this as a result of I ended taking part in. No,” he stated. “I by no means stated it as a result of it was not my precedence. It wasn’t right now both, however now I felt comfy to say it. I want this was not a subject. I needed to speak about my new profession as a pundit,” he stated.
Neither Brazil nor Sao Paulo commented on the previous participant’s interview.
However a rival of Richarlyson throughout his profession, Sao Paulo-based Corinthians, celebrated his openness within the podcast.
Corinthians posted on Twitter: “Richarlyson was an awesome participant, an awesome rival on the pitch and is a superb sports activities skilled. Now, after he says he’s bisexual he stays all of that, and places himself as an vital voice of the resistance. We now have the utmost respect.”
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