By Beck Pascal

21st Dec, 2021 | 11:30am

Richarlison labels Carlo Ancelotti the 'greatest' after Everton spell together

Richarlison has opened up on life at Everton under Rafa Benitez with a look back to former manager Carlo Ancelotti.

There aren’t many managers around that have success and knowledge of Benitez and Ancelotti respectively. 

Richarlison was brought to Everton by his former manager, Marco Silva, when he took over at Goodison Park. The Brazilian hasn’t done too bad for managers since then with two household names taking charge of the Blues. 

“Ancelotti is a great coach, one of the greatest in history,” Richarlison told Spanish publication AS when asked about his memories of his former boss.

“It is no coincidence that he has won all the titles he has. It was a period in which I learned a lot and evolved a lot on and off the field.

“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with him and I only wish him the best.”

The Brazilian then continued on life under Benitez, saying: “I always say that it is a privilege to be trained by professionals like Ancelotti, as it has been now with Benítez.

“They are very high-level coaches, one of the greatest in history, and they obviously make a difference in our career.

“Ancelotti always spoke to me a lot, he taught me a lot about his way of thinking about football and it certainly changed my game a lot, and I feel privileged for that.”


Ancelotti and Benitez are two incredibly talented tacticians who Everton have been fortunate to employ. The pair have won a whopping 35 trophies between them, including 4 Champions Leagues.

When considering the two managers, it is impossible to forget their two Champions League final meetings. The duo finished with one win a piece but solidified their legendary status with such a unique, hard thought rivalry. 

It has been some time – by their standards – since either Benitez or Ancelotti has added to their trophy collection though. With the current Real Madrid manager last enjoying major honour success whilst at Bayern Munich, winning the 17/18 German Super Cup.

It is likely Ancelotti will add to his tally at Real Madrid, the club that lured him away from his Everton project. 

Similarly, Benitez won the Italian Super Cup with Napoli during the 14/15 campaign. Although, he did manage to win the Championship in 16/17, earning Newcastle promotion to the Premier League.

The pair may be past their prime but always be remembered as two of the greats. 

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