Roberto Firmino shares heartache after omission from World Cup squad

‘Yesterday things didn’t go the way I imagined… but I have a grateful heart to God that he has already allowed me to live that dream’: Liverpool star Roberto Firmino reacts to being snubbed by Brazil boss Tite for his World Cup squad

  • Roberto Firmino has shared his World Cup omission heartache on Instagram 
  • The forward was not included in Tite’s 26-man Brazil squad for Qatar 2022
  • Firmino said it was ‘not what he dreamed for or imagined’ following snub
  • The Liverpool striker was an interesting absentee as Tite opted for younger stars 

Roberto Firmino has shared his heartache of being omitted from the Brazil World Cup squad on his Instagram, saying ‘it was not what he dreamed for or imagined’.

The Liverpool striker, who has 55 caps for Brazil, was a notable absentee to Tite’s 26-man World Cup travelling party, with younger stars Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Antony and Raphinha all getting the call up over the experienced forward. 

The 31-year-old was understandably heartbroken at the snub and took to Instagram to share his upset at not making the squad, but paid thanks to fans that have supported him.

Roberto Firmino (pictured) has been omitted from the Brazil World Cup squad for Qatar 2022

The Brazilian wrote a message on Instagram to express his heartache at not being picked 

‘Passing by to say thank you for all the lovely messages,’ the Liverpool forward wrote on social media.

‘The World Cup is a dream for every player and with me it wouldn’t be any different. Yesterday things didn’t go the way I imagined or dreamed for my life but I can look back and have a grateful heart to God that he has already allowed me to live that dream.’ 

Despite having scored seven goals for his national side, including a goal against Mexico in the 2018 World Cup, it seems Tite is looking for youth over experience this year, selecting a group of nine forwards with Neymar being the only player in that cohort over the age of 25. 

The Liverpool forward took to Instagram to write ‘the World Cup is a dream for all players’

Firmino has 55 caps for Brazil scoring 17 times for the Selecao including a goal at the 2018 WC

He was one of four players called up to the provisional squad in September to not make the final cut in Tite’s travelling squad.  

Firmino wrote to congratulate his teammates and said he was grateful for the opportunity to represent Brazil. 

‘I take this opportunity to pay my respect and congratulate all the summoned. It was, is, and will always be an honour to defend my country, especially with the gift that the Lord gave me.’

The omission will be a tough blow to take for the forward, who has had a rip-roaring season for Liverpool thus far, scoring eight goals in 19 appearances for the Reds, with two of those coming in the Champions League. 

Brazil’s 26-Man World Cup Squad 

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

Defenders: Dani Alves (UNAM), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid).

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