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Former Liverpool Star Roberto Firmino Ordained as Pastor in Brazil

Former Liverpool Star Roberto Firmino Ordained as Pastor in Brazil

Roberto Firmino, former Liverpool and Brazil footballer, has announced his new role as a pastor at an evangelical church. The 32-year-old was ordained at a church he founded in his hometown of Maceio on June 30.

Firmino and his wife, Larissa, shared the news on Instagram, describing the occasion as “memorable and unforgettable.” They expressed their deep spiritual commitment, stating, “From our encounter with Christ, a longing burns in our hearts that people may know this love that has reached us. Now we have another yearning and responsibility to be pastors after God’s own heart and who cooperate with the Kingdom.”

Firmino’s transformation follows his baptism in 2020, conducted in the swimming pool of his former teammate Alisson’s house. Known for his faith, Firmino frequently shares religious messages and snapshots of himself preaching on social media.

Currently playing for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli, Firmino has made 34 appearances and scored nine goals since joining in 2023. He is well-remembered for his eight-year tenure at Liverpool, where he formed a formidable attacking trio with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. During his time with the Reds, he won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the 2021-22 Champions League. He also earned 55 caps for Brazil and holds the record as the highest-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history with 82 goals.

Reflecting on his career and spiritual journey, Firmino shared, “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.”

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