Gabriel Barbosa played a key role in Flamengo's impressive Copa Libertadores victory.
Gabriel Barbosa (Photo credit: Reuters)
Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa said he "followed his heart" by agreeing to agree with the reigning Brazilian champions and Copa Libertadores for a permanent contract from Inter Milan.
Barbosa, who was loaned to Flamengo in 2019, signed a five-year deal with the giants of Rio de Janeiro on January 28 after Inter Milan reportedly agreed to a transfer fee of € 17 million ($ 18 million), the Xinhua news agency reports.
"I missed wearing this shirt. It's a moment of happiness, everyone knows that Flamengo is my home," said Barbosa during his official unveiling on Saturday. "I am very happy to be here because I know that I have followed my heart."
According to Brazilian media reports, Barbosa refused offers from clubs in Europe and Asia to stay in Rio.
He said he felt motivated by the club's pursuit of more titles in 2020, including another setback at the FIFA Club World Cup after losing to Liverpool in the 2019 final.
"For a player to feel fulfilled, they don't have to play in Europe and leave their country," said Barbosa. "We have a good league. Flamengo plays at a very high level and has a coach [Jorge Jesus] Who is one of the best in the world. I have a five-year contract with Flamengo and I intend to respect it and stay here much longer. "
Barbosa scored 43 goals in 59 games in all flamengo competitions last year, helping them earn their first Brazilian Serie A title since 2009 and only their second Libertadores crown.
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