Roberto Firmino has expressed displeasure after his was excluded from the final squad that will represent Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Firmino was left out of the squad despite his impressive performances so far this season.
Reacting, Firmino, in a post via his Instagram on Tuesday, expressed confidence that God has the best for him.
The 31-year-old also thanked God for allowing him to forge the career he has, despite missing the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“Passing by to say thank you for all the lovely messages,” the forward wrote, as translated by the Daily Mail.
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“The World Cup is a dream for every player and with me it wouldn’t be any different.
“Yesterday things didn’t go the way I imagined or dreamed all my life but I can look back and have a grateful heart to God that he has already allowed me to live that dream.
“I take this opportunity to pay my respect and congratulate all who were called up. It was, is, and will always be an honour to defend my country, especially with the gift that the Lord gave me.”
Firmino married Larissa Pereira in his hometown in June 2017. They have three daughters. Firmino has been given the nickname “Bobby” by Liverpool fans and players – a shortening of his first name “Roberto”.
In December 2016, Firmino was arrested for drink driving. He was fined £20,000 and had his driving licence revoked for a year when sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court in February 2017.
In addition to his native Portuguese, Firmino also speaks English and German.
Firmino is a Christian and was baptized in 2020 in the swimming pool of Liverpool teammate Alisson.
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