Roberto Firmino Biography
Roberto Firmino is a Brazilian footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Roberto in our in-depth biography
Roberto Firmino is a Brazilian footballer who is currently playing for Premier League club Liverpool.
The South American forward moved to Liverpool in 2015 summer transfer window from German side Hoffenheim.
Firmino has established himself as one of the best forwards in the Premier League since his £29m switch to Anfield.
The Brazilian star was handed the Liverpool number nine shirt at the start of the 2017-18 season in a clear sign of his importance to the Merseyside club.
Firmino is also a regular in the Brazil squad since making his debut in November 2014.
The Liverpool star made his first appearance at an international tournament when Brazil participated in the 2015 Copa America.
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• Date of birth: 2 October 1991
• Age: 28 years old
• Place of birth: Maceio, Brazil
• Nationality: Brazilian
• Height: 180cm / 5ft 11ins
• Weight: 76kg / 168 lbs
• Wages: £100,000 a week
Roberto was something of an unknown quantity to Liverpool fans when the South American forward completed a move to Merseyside in 2015.
His football career started in his homeland after Roberto was spotted by a dentist which led to a move to Brazilian club Figueirense.
Although he made his name at Figueirense, the attacker began his footballing journey with Clube de Regatas Brasil in his hometown and also enjoyed a stint at Tonbense FC prior to moving to Europe.
While Firmino is known as an inventive forward in the Premier League, he started his career with Figueirense as a defensive midfielder.
Roberto’s debut for the Brazilian club was in October 2009 when he was a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Ponte Preta in Brazil’s second tier.
He played an important role in helping Figueirense to reach Serie A after a return of eight goals in 36 appearances in the 2010-11 season.
His performances for Figueirense started to garner interest from some European clubs and Hoffenheim 1899 won the race to sign Firmino.
Firmino agreed a move to Hoffenheim 1899 in December 2010 and penned a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club to secure his long-term future.
He completed a switch to the German side when the 2011 January transfer window opened and embarked on his first footsteps in European football.
Hoffenheim manager Ernst Tanner was delighted to add a Brazilian talent to his squad but made his new signing wait a month before his debut at Mainz.
Roberto had an immediate impact with three goals in 11 games, with his first goal a winner in a 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in April 2011.
While Firmino had some issues with time keeping in his first full season at Hoffenheim, the Brazilian forward still finished with seven goals in 30 games in the 2011-12 season to start to build a promising reputation in Germany.
Firmino’s best season at Hoffenheim came in 2013-14 when the talented attacker netted 22 times in 37 games in all competitions to attract interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
In fact, the South American won Bundesliga’s Breakthrough Player award after he finished fourth in the German top flight’s goal-scoring charts.
He showed his unselfish side in his prolific 2013-14 season – too. The forward also made 12 goals for his Hoffenheim team-mates that term, a figure that took him to second place in the assists chart.
It came as no surprise to see Hoffenheim reward the forward with a new three-year contract extension to secure his future until 2017.
However, the 2014-15 campaign would prove to be Roberto’s final season at Hoffenheim 1899 despite his new deal.
Combining his own strike tally with his assists, Firmino has been involved in 45 goals in his last 66 outings in the German top flight.
Firmino’s consistent performances in Germany caught the interest of Liverpool and the South American became the club’s third most-expensive player of all-time when he completed a £29m switch to Anfield in 2015.
Liverpool agreed a £29m deal to sign Firmino from Hoffenheim 1899 on 23 June 2015 despite the forward participating in the Copa America at the time of his transfer.
Roberto put pen to paper on a long-term deal with Liverpool despite being initially linked with the Merseyside club’s bitter Premier League rivals Manchester United.
He was initially handed the Liverpool number 11 shirt when his transfer was officially completed on 4 July 2015.
Firmino made his Premier League debut in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in their opening game of the 2015-16 season after he replaced Jordon Ibe in the second half.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers used Roberto sparingly in the opening five games of the Premier League season despite only Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke costing more money than the Brazilian.
Firmino started three Premier League games under Rodgers before the Northern Irishman was sacked in October 2015. His successor was former Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp.
Speaking to The Sport Review in an exclusive interview, Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein revealed that Klopp was a big admirer of Firmino during his time in charge at Borussia Dortmund.
This became apparent when Klopp made Firmino a first-team regular following his appointment as the Liverpool manager. The German coach preferred to use the Brazilian in a “false nine” role.
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before Firmino opened his Liverpool account with a brilliant performance in a 4-1 victory over top-four rivals Manchester City at The Etihad.
It was the first time Liverpool supporters go a glimpse of the potential partnership between Firmino, his compatriot Philippe Coutinho and England international Adam Lallana.
The Brazil international continued to improve under Klopp and Firmino scored two goals in a 3-3 draw with Arsenal to find the net at Anfield for the first time.
A fortnight later, Firmino scored another double in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Norwich City in what is one of Liverpool’s most-memorable games under Klopp so far.
Roberto was named Liverpool’s player of the month for January 2016 following a brilliant return of four goals in five games in all competitions.
Firmino finished season in style with goals against Manchester City and Manchester United at Anfield to further win over Liverpool supporters.
Unfortunately the Brazilian couldn’t end his first season at Anfield with silverware after Liverpool were beaten on penalties by Manchester City in the League Cup final and lost 2-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece.
Firmino ended the 2015-16 season as Liverpool’s top goal-scorer in the Premier League after finding the net 10 times.
The Brazil international would surpass that tally in 2016-17 with 11 goals as he helped Liverpool to finish in the top four and secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.
Firmino scored against Arsenal at Anfield for the second successive season to help Liverpool secure fourth place in Klopp’s first full season in charge of the Merseyside club.
The South American attacker was handed the Liverpool number nine shirt at the start of the 2017-18 season as Roberto followed in the footsteps of Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres.
Firmino scored in Liverpool’s 4-2 win against Hoffenheim at Anfield in their Champions League playoff. His goal helped the Reds’ to secure a 6-4 aggregate win and secure their place in the group stage at the expense of his former club.
Roberto produced his best season at Liverpool FC with 15 goals and seven assists in 37 Premier League games.
He found the net in a 5-0 away win at FC Porto in the Champions League round of 16.
Firmino netted in a 2-1 away win at Manchester City to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals before he scored twice in a 5-2 home win over AS Roma.
He was unable to help Liverpool FC avoid a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Firmino scored 10 times in the 2017-18 Champions League campaign.
Firmino made his Brazil debut in 2014 despite previously being overlooked by Dunga for the national team squad.
However, his performances for Hoffenheim 1899 forced the Brazil manager to consider Firmino for selection.
He made his debut in a 4-0 victory over Turkey in November 2014.
Roberto was included in Brazil’s squad for the 2015 Copa America as he made his first appearance at a major tournament.
He has scored five times in 16 appearances for the national team.
Firmino has been happily married to Larissa Pereira since 2014.
The pair met in a Brazilian nightclub in 2013 before the Brazilian duo tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Maceio in 2017.
His team-mates Alberto Moreno, Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva were all present at the wedding.
Pereira gave birth to the couple’s first child in 2014 after meeting the Brazilian star a year earlier.
The playmaker has two daughters with his wife.
Firmino can count on the support of his young family in the stands.
His wife and daughters have been photographed more than once showing their support for the forward at Anfield.
The Liverpool number nine’s wife is close to Coutinho’s spouse Aine and Moreno’s girlfriend Lilia Grandilla.
The trio regularly posts snaps together on social media to give Liverpool supporters a glimpse into the lives of the players’ and their partners off the field.
Surprising facts about Roberto Firmino
• The former Hoffenheim midfielder got a tattoo of his wife on his left arm in April 2016.
• Firmino also got his daughter Valentina’s name etched across his chest following her birth in 2014.
• He hails from the city of Maceio, birthplace of three-time World Cup winner Mario Zagallo, who claimed the honour twice as a player and once as a manager.
• During his time in Germany, Firmino had an incredible injury record. He featured in 33 of Hoffenheim’s 34 league fixtures each season in his last three years at the Bundesliga club.
• Firmino is a big fan of Brazilian musician Wesley Safadao. In fact, he has even modelled some his famous Liverpool haircuts on the singer-songwriter.
• While he is now recognised as one of the Premier League’s deadliest forwards, Roberto started his career as a full back before moving into a defensive-midfield role.
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