Brazilian and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has expressed his disappointment at being left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad selection ahead of the tournament, despite his impressive performances so far this season.
Manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi commonly known as Tite, announced his 26-man squad for Qatar, which was filled with various Premier League stars namely Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Everton’s Richarlison and Arsenal forwards Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, but had seen Robbie Firmino left out in what might have been his last World cup appearance for the Selecao.
Reacting to the selection, Firmino in a post via his Instagram on Tuesday sent a message out to his fans.
He said, “Passing by to thank you for all the messages of affection. The World Cup is a dream for all players and with me it would be no different”.
“Yesterday things didn’t turn out as I imagined or dreamed for my life, but I can look back and have a heart that is grateful to God for having already allowed me to live this dream like so many others”.
“You, Lord, will keep him in perfect peace whose purpose is steadfast, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3). I would like to take this opportunity to show my respect and congratulate all those called up”.
“It was, is, and will always be an honour to defend my country, especially with the gift that the Lord has given me. I remain here confident that God has the best for me and rooting for the hexa to come”.
While Firmino was left out, one of his Premier League teammates, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, performed well enough to earn a spot in the Qatar squad. Tite has explained why the Arsenal youngster has been selected with less than two weeks until the World Cup begins.
He said: “We like Martinelli’s aggressiveness. He’s one of the top players at Arsenal, the first placed in the Premier League. He’s good on one-vs-ones, very rapid in transitions, he’s been keeping a good level.”