'A very humble boy but very talented': Firmino's first coach recalls
- Bobby Firmino joined his first youth team CRB at the age of 13.
- He had to play under No.5 at times but always delivered.
- 'As soon as I saw him play, I made him sign a contract', his first coach Guilherme Farias remembers.
Roberto Firmino joined his first youth team Clube de Regatas at the tender age of 13.
He almost immediately stood out with his incredible work ethic - Bobby played as a defender, when required and was incredibly shy and humble with his teammates, his first youth coach Guilherme Farias recounts.
"Firmino was a very humble boy but very talented," his former coach, Guilherme Farias told the Guardian.
"As soon as I saw him play, I made him sign a contract because I knew we had an ace on our hands. He was very dedicated. He listened to all the instructions. Everyone liked him.
"His family had some financial difficulties at the time and we pulled together, helping him to train and travel with the team."
Firmino eventually soldiered on to become one of the most recognised Brazilians to play abroad, moving up from CRB to play for Figueirense, Hoffenheim and, finally, Liverpool.
From obscure League 2 outfit to Liverpool - Bobby's road to success has been a rocky one: