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Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira was born on October 2, 1991. The Hoffenheim attacking midfielder has proven himself as one of the most talented players in the Bundesliga and in the world. He made his move to the Blues from Figueirense on December of 2010. Firmino is a genuine playmaker who also has an eye for goal.
In the 2013-14 Bundesliga season, he finished joint fourth top goal scorer with 16 goals. He also made 12 assists making him joint- second best assist maker. This season is no different as he has scored 6 and assisted 7 goals in 23 appearances in the Bundesliga for his team.
The Brazilian has proven to be very crucial for his side in recent years. Because of this reason the big teams in Europe have shown interest in acquiring the service of the 23 year old. Most recently reports have been circulating that manager Arsene Wenger has made him his top priority to replace Santi Cazorla, who has been linked with a summer move to Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
Firmino is a versatile player who can also play on the wings or as a second striker. His formidable partnership with striker Kevin Volland has been the reason behind Hoffenheim’s amazing goal scoring glut in recent seasons.
On the 23rd October 2014, Firmino received his first call up to Brazil national football team for the friendly matches against Turkey and Austria. He made his debut in a 4–0 win over Turkey on November 12 from the bench, playing the last 17 minutes. And in his second game, Firmino scored his first goal on 23 October 2014.
It’s unlikely that Firmino will stay for a long time in Hoffenheim. His growing ability and immense potential haven’t gone unnoticed by Europe’s big teams and the recent price tag of 30 million Euros given by his team shows how valuable the player is. He is another talented Brazilian looking to make an impact on the big stage for both club and country.
We may or may not see him in the Bundesliga next season but one thing is for sure: he has a bright future ahead of him and he just might be the answer to the problems of Brazil’s national team.
Written by Brook Genene
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