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Pitch To Pulpit: Ex-Liverpool Striker Roberto Firmino, Wife Turn Pastor

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Pitch To Pulpit: Ex-Liverpool Striker Roberto Firmino, Wife Turn Pastor

Former Liverpool and Brazil footballer, Roberto Firmino, has become a pastor at the age of 32.

Firmino made the announcement on his social media accounts.

“Since our first encounter with Christ, a desire burned in our hearts. We want people to feel this love that reached us. Now we have another desire and responsibility: to become pastors on behalf of God,” Firmino shared.

The Brazilian footballer, along with his wife, was ordained as an evangelical pastor at the church they founded three years ago.

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The dedication ceremony took place last Sunday in Firmino’s hometown of Maceio.

Currently, Firmino plays for the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli. In the last season, he played 34 matches in all competitions, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists. According to Transfermarkt, Firmino’s market value is eight million euros.

Pitch To Pulpit: Ex-Liverpool Striker Roberto Firmino, Wife Turn Pastor

Photo: Roberto Firmino and his wife

Firmino left Liverpool in the summer of last year, capping an incredible eight years with the team. The 31-year-old made 362 appearances for the Reds, scoring 111 goals and 75 assists.

Recalling his time at Liverpool and how he left, the forward said; “I reflected a lot and realised that God’s plan was to take me somewhere else. The signs were all there since that conversation with Pastor Daniel in Maceio. I had been stubborn.

“God didn’t want me to stay in Liverpool, but I was insisting. I didn’t listen. But I couldn’t avoid it any more. It was time to accept. I decided it was time to seek another challenge for myself, another purpose. My time at Liverpool had come to an end.”

The Brazilian star formed one of the lethal striking forces in the premier league, and also combined to win major competitions of which the UEFA champions league was one of.

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