Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira, known as Roberto Firmino, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Liverpool. The striker was born on October 2nd, 1991 in the city of Maceio along the coast of Brazil. Like many Brazilian footballers, he grew up in a poor family and surrounded by many gangs. Luckily, he loved football and his parents saw it as a perfect way to keep him away from gang life.
Firmino started to play football in a local club CRB before moving to a club called Tombense. He was only 16 and he spent a couple of years in the team’s youth ranks before being loaned out to Figueirense where he remained until 2011 – going from the youth team to the senior squad. The team played in the second-tier league and Firmino helped them get back to the top-tier Brazilian competition.
The striker was discovered by a German scout working for Hoffenheim and Firmino made transfer news when he moved to Bundesliga in 2011. He spent more than four years with the German club and proved his value in different positions – he could play as a forward, winger and attacking midfielder.
His plays in Bundesliga attracted many clubs but the most concrete was Liverpool. In 2015, he arrived at Anfield and he has been with the Reds ever since. In his five years with the club, he managed to win Champions League in 2019 and Premier League in 2020, making the prolific trio with Salah and Mane.
Firmino made his debut for Brazil national team in 2014 and he rarely missed Brazil games since then. He competed with his team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and two Copa Americas – in 2015 and 2019. Firmino won the 2019 Copa America with Brazil.
Roberto Firmino Transfers and Rumours
- 2011: Tombense to Hoffenheim – £3.6 million
- 2015: Hoffenheim to Liverpool – £29 million
Roberto Firmino is a unique player with the ability to score and create for others. This combination of skills made him into a global star after his humble Brazilian beginnings. Firmino started his professional career at a low-tier club Tombense but he spent most of his playing time in Brazil on loan at Figueirense.
However, the fee of £3.6 million that Hoffenheim paid to bring him to Germany went to Tombense even though the last season in Brazil Firmino spent in Figueirense jersey. The move was approved after a German scout noticed Firmino and suggested to make him one of the team’s top transfer targets.
His four years in Germany were successful and it was expected for Firmino to improve his transfer odds after gossip of his next destination started to appear. According to transfer rumours and football whispers, many clubs were interested, although no official bid was made except for a bit of around £10 million from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow in 2013.
The time finally arrived in 2015 after Liverpool submitted a bid of £29 million. This was enough for Hoffenheim to accept and Firmino moved to Anfield where he still plays with passion and success.