Roberto Firmino completes move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli

Roberto Firmino completes move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli

Reports indicate that Roberto Firmino has finalized his transfer to Al Ahli, a team in the Saudi Pro League. The Brazilian player departed from Liverpool after his contract expired, marking the end of his eight-year tenure with the club since he joined from TSG Hoffenheim in 2015.

According to Fabrizio Romano’s report, Bobby Firmino is now an Al Ahli player, as indicated by a tick emoji. This suggests that Firmino’s transfer to Saudi Arabia has been finalized and officially confirmed.

According to the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Riyadh, Roberto Firmino has signed a three-year contract with Al Ahli, and the signing took place in Dubai. This move makes Firmino the latest European-based player to transfer to the Gulf state. Another notable player, goalkeeper Édouard Mendy, also recently joined Al Ahli from Chelsea.

Al Ahli is primarily owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which holds a 75 percent stake in the club. PIF also owns an 80 percent stake in the Premier League team Newcastle United. Additionally, PIF recently acquired majority ownership of four prominent Saudi Arabian clubs: Al-Ittihad, Al-Ahli, Al-Nassr, and Al-Hilal.

In addition to Roberto Firmino, several other notable players such as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Ruben Neves have also made the move to Saudi Arabia. This follows Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to join Al-Nassr.

During his time at Liverpool, Firmino made 362 appearances for the club, scoring 111 goals and contributing 79 assists. He played a crucial role in the team’s success, including winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.

Regarding Firmino’s departure, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp commented earlier this month. “He is so integral for everything what happened here in my time. I think he is still the player who started most games even when recently he didn’t start that often.

“It’s just that I couldn’t imagine for a long, long time how our game would look without him. So, we had to find ways when he was not available and we came through these spells: Sadio [Mane] last year, for example, did exceptional, did that really well.

“But yes, as a person, as a human, as a boy, I will miss him. As a player we all will miss him, but anyway I think it’s the right way to part ways: very respectful, with tears in our eyes and with the knowledge that we will definitely miss each other because it will be the other way around the same.

“But we are professional football people and we have to part ways from time to time, it’s a completely normal thing. So, we will stay friends forever definitely, I will be grateful forever for everything he did for us, for me, and he will go down as one of the Liverpool greats. What can you wish more for in a footballer’s life than that?”

Roberto Firmino completes move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli

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