Fabinho is a Brazilian footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Fabinho in our in-depth biography
Fabinho is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Liverpool FC.
The South American moved to Portuguese side Rio Ave from Brazilian club Fluminense in June 2012.
After one month in Portugal, Fabinho moved to Real Madrid Castilla on a season-long loan from Rio Ave.
He went on to make his debut for the Real Madrid first-team in May 2013.
Fabinho moved to AS Monaco on loan in July 2013. After two seasons, the Ligue 1 side signed the midfielder on a permanent deal.
He won the Ligue 1 title with AS Monaco in 2016-17 before Liverpool FC signed Fabinho in a £40m deal in May 2018.
Fabinho made his Brazil debut in a 2-0 win over Mexico in Sao Paulo in June 2015.
• Date of birth: 23 October 1993
• Age: 26 years old
• Place of birth: Campinas, Brazil
• Nationality: Brazilian
• Height: 188cm / 6ft 2ins
• Weight: 78kg / 172 lbs
• Wages: £100,000 a week
• Transfer value: £40 million
Fabinho was born in Sau Paolo, Brazil on 23 October 1993.
He began his career in Rio De Janeiro with Fluminense. However, he didn’t make an appearance for the Brazilian club despite being called into the match day squad.
Fabinho moved to Portuguese side Rio Ave in 2013 without making an appearance for Fluminense. His agent Jorge Mendes played a big role in deal.
He signed a six-year deal with Rio Ave but Fabinho was on the move less than a month later.
Real Madrid Castilla signed Fabinho in a season-long loan deal in July 2012.
His agent Mendes was representing los Blancos super star Cristiano Ronaldo and then Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.
The versatile defender made his debut in Real Madrid Castilla’s 2-1 win against Villarreal in August 2012.
He opened his account for the Spanish club’s second string team in a 3–3 draw at CD Numancia in April 2013.
Fabinho scored two goals in 30 appearances for Real Madrid Castilla in the 2012-13 Segunda Division campaign.
The Brazilian starlet made his one and only appearance for the Real Madrid senior team as a substitute for the final 14 minutes of their 6-2 win over Malaga at The Bernabeu in May 2013. He made an assist for Angel di Maria in his brief cameo.
Fabinho moved to AS Monaco on a season-long loan from Rio Ave on 19 July 2013.
His debut came in a 2-0 win over Bordeaux in Ligue 1 at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in August 2013.
The South American midfielder netted his first goal in a 6-0 home win over Lens at Coupe de France in March 2014.
He ended the campaign with one goal in 30 appearances and opted to return to AS Monaco for the 2014-15 Ligue 1 season.
Fabinho scored his first Champions League goal in AS Monaco’s 6-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg in December 2014.
The versatile player finished his second season at the Ligue 1 side with two goals in 51 games in all competitions.
AS Monaco signed Fabinho on a permanent deal from Rio Ave in the 2015 summer transfer window.
He signed a four-year contract to keep him in the Principality until June 2019.
Fabinho started to establish himself as one of Ligue 1’s most promising prospects in his third term.
The Brazil international scored league goals against GFC Ajaccio, Montpellier, St Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain. He also contributed two goals in Coupe de France.
The South American was shuffled from full-back into a central midfield role for the 2016-17 season under manager Leonardo Jardim.
The tactical switch paid dividends as Fabinho excelled in his role in the middle of the park alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva.
Fabinho helped AS Monaco to edge past Turkish side Fenerbache in the Champions League second qualification stage. He stepped up with goals home and away in a 3-2 win over La Liga side Villarreal in the Champions League playoff to secure their place in the group stage.
The Brazil international scored in five successive games in August and September. As well as his European goals, Fabinho found the net against Ligue 1 champions PSG, Guingamp and Lille to make a prolific start to the season.
He got on the score sheet in AS Monaco’s 7-0 win at Metz before the South American helped his team maintain their Ligue 1 title push with a strike in a 6-0 victory over Nancy in November 2016.
The South American didn’t get on the score sheet again until a 2-1 away win at Guingamp in late February 2017.
It triggered another goal-scoring spell for Fabinho with additional strikes against Nantes and Caen.
The Brazilian star netted a vital goal in a 3-1 home win over Premier League side Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals to secure their passage to the quarter-finals.
Fabinho found the net again in AS Monaco’s 3-2 win at Caen on the final day of the 2016-17 season.
He ended the domestic campaign with nine goals and one assist in 34 Ligue 1 games. Fabinho scored one goal and made three assists in eight Champions League appearances.
Manchester United were linked with a move to sign Fabinho in the 2017 summer transfer window but a move ultimately failed to materialise despite AS Monaco’s fire Fasale.
Fabinho knuckled down in the 2017-18 season despite AS Monaco’s depleted team.
He scored in a 6-1 win against Marseille in Ligue 1 on 27 August 2017. The Brazilian wasn’t amongst the goals again until November when he netted against Guingamp.
Fabinho finished his final season at AS Monaco with seven goals and three assists in 44 games in all competitions.
Liverpool FC completed a £40m deal to sign Fabinho from AS Monaco on Monday 28 May.
He signed a long-term contract with the Reds ahead of his move on 1 July.
Fabinho said about his transfer:
“I am very happy. I am really excited about this move.
“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional. I look forward to the time and the day I’ll put the shirt on and get on the pitch and see how the supporters welcome my arrival.”
Fabinho made his first appearance for the Brazil national team on 7 June 2015.
He has made four appearances for A Selecao but was overlooked for their World Cup squad for Russia 2018.
Fabinho is married to Brazilian beauty Rebeca Tavares.
His spouse didn’t take long to win over the club’s supporters with her Instagram activity.
Interesting facts about Fabinho
• According to reports, Fabinho turned down the chance to move to Premier League side Manchester United and La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid to join Liverpool.
• Fabinho could be in line to become Liverpool FC’s permanent spot-kick taker to replace James Milner. The Brazilian has scored 19 out of the 20 penalties he has taken.
• He shares the same agent as Mourinho and Ronaldo, which makes his decision to reportedly turn down Manchester United all the more remarkable.
• Fabinho made 232 appearances for French club AS Monaco, scoring 32 goals.