Roberto Firmino hangs up boots, climbs pulpit to become full-time pastor

Former Liverpool and Hoffenheim striker, Roberto Firmino has started a new chapter in his life.

Firmino and his wife, Larissa Pereira, have co-founded an evangelical church in Maceió, Brazil, where he now serves as a pastor.

Firmino’s decision to abandon football and dedicate himself to pastoral work surprised many of his fans. His time at Liverpool was filled with unforgettable moments. After an illustrious eight-year career with the Reds, Firmino felt a calling that led him in a new direction.

Reflecting on his career, Firmino shared, “I felt a difference in understanding about my role at Liverpool. I believe it was God’s plan to lead me elsewhere.” He admitted that leaving Liverpool wasn’t easy, but he accepted it as a chance to pursue a new purpose.

During his Anfield days, Firmino achieved significant success. However, he felt a growing need to make a difference off the field as well.

“I resisted leaving at first, but ultimately, I saw it as an opportunity,” Firmino said. “I have so many positive memories from my time at Liverpool, and I am grateful for the club’s role in fulfilling my and my family’s dreams.”

Beyond football, Firmino and his wife have embraced their new mission with enthusiasm. In a joint social media statement, Firmino expressed their deep sense of calling: “We want people to feel this love that reached us. Now we have another desire and responsibility to become pastors on behalf of God.”

Teammate and friend, Jordan Henderson, praised Firmino’s decision, saying, “Roberto has always been a person of strong faith. His new journey as a pastor is a testament to his character and dedication to helping others.”

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