Gabriel Barbosa has found his position with Brazilian club Flamengo, as evidenced by his current play.
Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa has joined Brazilian football club Flamengo after a successful January transfer window transfer from Inter. He ended his three-and-a-half-year deal with Inter by joining the Brazilian side. Originally, he was on loan at Flamengo. During that time, he appeared in 58 games in various competitions, scoring 43 goals and assisting on 13 occasions. He was an important part of the team that won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and the Copa Libertadores.
Inter was reportedly paid €20 million for the player’s sale, according to reports. He previously joined Inter in 2016, but he failed to make an impression on the club and did not meet expectations. ‘The club leaders knew from the start that I intended to stay at Flamengo.’ I had no reservations. He said during a press conference announcing his transfer to Flamengo, “I believe a player should be happy and feel at home, and that’s how I feel here.”
‘A player does not need to go to Europe to play, nor does he need to leave his nation to be pleased.’ We have excellent teams, and Flamengo is at the top of their game. We have a manager who is one of the best in the world, in my opinion. I have a five-year contract that I intend to honour, with the possibility of staying much longer.’
Gabigol stated in a different interview that he signed with Flamengo because he “followed his heart.” After helping the club win the Copa Libertadores as well as the league title, this was his way of reaping the benefits of his labour. He spent the majority of 2019 on loan from Inter Milan to Flamengo. After signing a five-year contract with the Brazilian club on January 28, he is currently a player for them. Inter agreed to a €17 million ($18 million) transfer fee, according to reports.
‘I hadn’t worn this garment in a long time. It’s a happy time since everyone knows Flamengo is my home,’ Barbosa stated in an interview. ‘I’m overjoyed to be here because I know I went with my gut.’ According to reports, the midfielder turned down offers from football clubs in Europe and Asia in order to stay with the Brazilian club.
The midfielder claims that he is driven by the club’s desire to win additional titles and trophies in 2020, including another chance to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. They advanced to the finals of the previous tournament, but were defeated by Liverpool. ‘A player does not need to play in Europe or leave his nation to feel fulfilled,’ stated the athlete. ‘We’re in a strong league. Flamengo is a world-class team with one of the top coaches in the world [Jorge Jesus]. Flamengo has a five-year deal with me, and I aim to honour it by staying much longer.’
The club also recently played their first match of 2020. After Pedro, Gabigol, and Bruno Henrique scored three late goals, they fought back to win 3-1. Pedro made his debut as a Flamengo player in this match, which was a dream come true for him. ‘I’m overjoyed to have assisted on a goal for my team. But, of course, our collaborative efforts are the most essential thing,’ he remarked.