Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino isn’t exactly the breadwinner of his team. That title goes to Mohamed Salah who paves the way in goals for the club by far– his Golden Boot Award sitting on a shelf somewhere in his mansion can attest to that. However, Firmino plays a different role for Liverpool. If Salah is the parent out at work every day making bank, then Firmino is the stay-at-home parent holding down the fort, driving the kids to soccer practice after making them a delicious dinner and helping out with the homework, and then additionally making sure that everything else is in order. The Brazilian is arguably Liverpool’s most important player.
Firmino is incredibly unselfish, always tirelessly running to open areas on the field, and is both playmaker and goalscorer. He moves the ball so effortlessly that he embarrasses all those who dare cross him. It’s no wonder the club wants to keep him. The Liverpool fans have fallen in love with the 26-year-old. Just last month, Firmino signed a new long-term contract with the club that ends in 2023. So naturally, you must be wondering how much he’s worth. Let’s take a look!
Roberto Firmino Net Worth 2019: $30 Million
As of 2018, Firmino has a net worth estimated to be around $30 million. His weekly salary is about £120,000.
Born in Maceio Alagoas, Brazil on October 2, 1991, Firmino grew up in a dangerous environment. His parents were constantly trying to protect him from the gang and gun-infested streets of their city. As a result, his mother often banned Firmino from leaving his home. When he did go out, he would walk the streets with his father selling water bottles to bring in some cash for their family.
The aching call of the soccer ball got the best of Firmino though and he would escape the house early in the morning when his parents were sleeping to go out and kick the ball. The neighbors caught sight of the 8-year-old playing and notified his parents of the talent he possessed. His mother then let up and allowed Firmino to play soccer outside. He struggled a lot during this time to get training, and often found himself having to borrow money from others to pay for it.
Saying Goodbye to the Slums
At 14, with the kindness of a coach at his local club, Firmino was able to finally leave the slums. The coach, Luiz had seen Firmino play frequently in the streets. The boy was always without shoes since his family couldn’t afford them, but Luiz saw the the skill Firmino had despite this. Luiz paid for Firmino’s travel, expenses and drove him to all his games.
A breakthrough came when at 16, he signed with Tombense in Brazil. From there, he was sent out on a loan to Figueirense, a second division club. During one of the games for this team, a German scout took notice of Firmino and quickly recruited him to the German club, Hoffenheim.
You Have Now Entered The Pro Zone
In 2010, Firmino signed a five-year contract with Hoffenheim. In the 2013/2014 season, he scored 22 goals for the club. It was during this time he won Bundesliga’s Breakthrough Player award. In November 2014, he made his first national debut with the Brazilian National Team. Then in June 2015, he transferred to Liverpool after signing a £29m deal.
For the first few months, Firmino played under former Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers. It wasn’t until Jurgen Klopp took over, who was a big fan of Firmino, that the South American became a first-team regular.
Under Klopp’s Guidance
Shortly thereafter, Firmino improved significantly as a player. In January 2016, he was named Liverpool’s Player of the Month. He finished the 2015/2016 season as Liverpool’s top scorer with 10 goals, and then beat that record in the following season with 11 goals. In the beginning of the 2017/2018 season, Firmono’s former number 11 jersey was replaced with his current number 9.
He has since ended this past season with 15 goals. Additionally, Firmino has recently been honored with a song courtesy of Klopp. The manager noted that Firmino didn’t have a chant, and wanted to change that. Therefore he made an announcement to fans, ordering a song for the forward. The fans were quick to answer. You can watch the video here.
Roberto Firmino is set to be a consistent starter and goal scorer for the Premier League leaders.