Vinicius Jr and Richarlison appear to fight during Brazil training, Neymar intervenes

Richarlison and Vinicius begin their training ground exchange as team-mates intervene

Brazilian stars Richarlison and Vinicius Jr had to part ways during a heat exchange session. Saturday’s altercation almost led to a punch-up between the pair as Brazil prepared for their friendly against Japan on Monday.

What caused the skirmish to remain unclear but the story of the storm led to an Everton man holding Vinicius in his training shirt. Colleagues including Selecao captain Neymar and Lucas Paqueta, who is being watched by Newcastle, appeared to separate the two before it was too late.

But that seemed to annoy Richarlison as Neymar put his hands on the neck of the Goodison Park favorite.

Eventually, the players were withdrawn from each other and they both went their separate ways.

Richarlison has been embroiled in a bitter feud this season which includes a public debate with Sky Sports commentator and expert Jamie Carragher last month following Everton’s successful bid to survive in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old wrote on Twitter insulting Carragher: “Wash your mouth before you talk to me about Everton and I don’t respect you.”

The comment was about Carragher who said the Brazilian forward had just played easily after several incidents in a recent Merseyside match.

The training ground clash will come as a feature in a thrilling week for Vinicius who scored the winning goal in the Champions League final.

The 21-year-old has scored from behind to score one goal in a game in Paris, giving Real their 14th win in the tournament.

He joined Real Madrid in 2018 from Brazilian club Flamengo for an estimated £ 38 million and despite a difficult start to life in the Spanish capital, he found his feet, reaching the final of the Champions League final last week.

Brazil will face Japan on Monday in Tokyo in hopes of continuing to do well following a 5-1 thrashing of South Korea on Thursday.

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