Bruno Henrique Pinto is a Brazilian international who primarily plays as a left winger. Born on December 30, 1990, Henrique currently is on the books of Flamengo after having made a return to Brazilian football following a stint in Europe.
Henrique started his career with Cruzeiro in 2012. There was a lot of gossip that Cruzeiro would sign the youngster on the basis of his sparkling performance at the 2012 Copa Itatiaia. His senior career started off with a loan move to Uberlândia, who later signed him on a permanent basis in 2013. After just one season, Henrique’s name was once again in the transfer rumours and he made the loan switch to Itumbiara. He managed to catch the eye of many clubs following a return of seven goals in just 12 matches.
The winger was once again on the Brazilian transfer news in 2015 when he made the switch to Goiás. After several years of playing in the lower leagues, Goiás provided Henrique with an opportunity to make his Brazilian Serie A debut. Unsurprisingly, his solitary season – which yielded seven goals in 33 games – brought him to the attention of football whispers.
Henrique was on the list of transfer targets for many European clubs, but it was Wolfsburg who managed to upset the transfer odds and signed him £4 million in 2016. This was the first move away from Brazil for Henrique and he did not settle well in the Bundesliga. In just two seasons with Wolfsburg, Henrique made just 14 league appearances before returning back to Brazil with Santos in 2017. After the return to Brazilian football, Henrique was once again blossoming on the front foot. He scored eight goals in his first season with Santos.
After two seasons with Santos, Henrique was once again on the move and Flamengo happen to be the next destination. His time at Flamengo has already yielded a ton of trophies for Henrique including the Copa Libertadores in 2019. His performances with Flamengo earned him a call up to the Brazilian national team and he made his debut in 2019.
Bruno Henrique Transfer Rumours
- From Cruzeiro to Uberlândia in 2013
- From Uberlândia to Goiás in 2015
- From Goiás to Wolfsburg for £4 million in 2016
- From Wolfsburg to Santos for £3.6 million in 2017
- From Santos to Flamengo for £4.8 million in 2019
Henrique can be regarded as a journeyman for the number of transfers he has made in his career. After stints with the likes of Cruzeiro and Goiás in the Brazilian league, Henrique made the switch to European football with Wolfsburg. The move, however, did not provide the anticipated break for the player, who was largely struggling for first-team presence.
A return to Brazil with Santos in 2017 put him back in the frame for the national team. It also helped him pick up a number of trophies including the Copa Libertadores.