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Everton Sousa Soares, or commonly known as Everton, is a Brazilian footballer who can play in a number of positions across the attack. Born in Brazil on 22 March 1996, Everton started playing for Fortaleza when he was just entering into his teens. From there, he would go on to feature in the Gremio according to the football whispers back then. These turned out to be pretty accurate when Gremio signed the youngster to their youth academy in 2013.
It did not take long for Everton to be promoted into the first-team squad. Gremio boss Enderson Moreira made Everton as part of the first-team squad for the 2014 campaign and his debut came against São José-PA. A few days later, he scored his first goal for Gremio in the match against Lajeadense.
The Brazilian Serie A debut for Everton also came in 2014 when he featured against Athletico Paranaense. These appearances, however, were just an introduction for Everton, who started featuring in the gossip section more prominently from the 2015 campaign onwards. His second season with the club yielded four goals in 14 matches. From here, Everton started establishing himself as a regular in the Gremio team.
The 2018 campaign turned out to be a breakthrough for the midfielder, who scored 10 goals in 27 Brazilian Serie A matches. The rumours about a possible call-up to the national team came through in 2018 and he made his debut for Brazil in a match against the USA. His first goal for the national team was to come in 2019 against Honduras. This progress at domestic and international level increased the transfer rumours surrounding the young midfielder.
The year 2019 was also a special for Everton at the international level, as he was part of the Brazil squad that won the Copa America. The midfielder had previously won trophies like the Copa Libertadores in 2017 and Copa do Brasil in 2016 – both with Gremio. Everton also ended up picking up the Golden Boot at the Copa America apart from featuring in the Team of the Tournament.
After spending the 2019 campaign with another spectacular set of statistics and winning the Campeonato Gaucho, Everton was subjected to an £18 million offer from Portuguese outfit Benfica. The transfer odds were shortened for his move to Europe and he eventually transferred to his new club in August 2020. His debut for Benfica came in the UEFA Champions League qualifying match against PAOK Salonika before featuring for Benfica in the Liga Nos against Famalicao a few days later.
Everton Sousa Soares Transfer Rumours
- From Gremio to Benfica for £18 million in 2020
Everton started featuring more prominently in the transfer news section from the 2018 campaign onwards. After a lot of rumours about a move to Europe, Benfica made him was one of their key transfer targets and came up with an £80 million offer in the summer of 2022 to seal the transfer.