Fábio Henrique Tavares, commonly referred to as Fabinho, is a professional footballer born in Brazil. His versatility allows him to be played at different defense-oriented positions, mainly as a defensive midfielder, but he can also play as a right or left-back. He is a prominent figure of both Monaco and Liverpool's recent history, with his greatest achievements consisting of becoming a French and English champion, winning the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. At the age of 27, Fabinho is still in his prime and is looking forward to earning even more honors with his club.
Fabinho’s Football Transfer History
- 2012: Fluminense U20 to Rio Ave – £450,000
- 2015: Rio Ave to Monaco – €5.4 Million
- 2018: Monaco to Liverpool – €40.5 Million
The Brazilian began his football career with local Brazil club Fluminense. In 2012, at the age of 19, he got into the transfer news after being sold to the Portuguese club Rio Ave for €500,000 without recording a single appearance for Fluminense's senior squad. He would go on to repeat this feat with Rio Ave as well, as he was almost immediately sent out on loan. Fabinho joined Real Madrid's youth squad – RM Castilla, where he finally made his senior debut. For the Segunda Division side, he started regularly and concluded the season with 30 appearances for the B-team. He was also given the chance to represent Real Madrid's first team after substituting Fábio Coentrão in May 2013. In his just 14-minute-long debut, Fabinho managed to assist Ángel Di María's goal. Around that time is when the football whispers started acknowledging the Brazilian.
2012/2013 was a success, and Monaco was quick to enlist the defensive midfielders as one of their transfer targets. He joined the French team on loan, where he spent the next two years before making the move permanent in 2015. At the time of his signing, the Monegasques were facing stern competition for Fabinho’s signature in the face of Manchester City. However, the transfer odds were in Monaco's favor, and they managed to secure the already settled with them player.
Proving to be instrumental, the Brazilian started in 37 out of 38 league matches in the campaign that broke PSG's consecutive Ligue 1 streak. In 2016/2017, Monaco managed to win the French top-flight, and that was the peak of the gossip about Fabinho’s exit. There were rumors regarding four sides', with the likes of Manchester City, PSG, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid interested in him. However, he stuck with Monaco.
Before becoming part of Klopp's Liverpool, the future of the Brazilian was a mystery dubbed in serious transfer rumors. Funnily enough, the Merseyside team weren't even really considered as candidates before completing the signing. Bought for €45 Million, Fabinho once again played a vital role in a season that would see Liverpool win titles of extreme importance – their first Premier League title and the Champions League. Imagine how different the story would've been if Fabinho had joined, for example, Manchester City.