Why Brazilians just don’t rate Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino

Eduardo Uram always wears silk shirts in meetings with football clubs. He needs to impress: the former jewellery and watch seller has become one the most powerful football agents in Brazil since the late 1990s, and was responsible for sealing the transfers of Dani Alves and Maxwell to Sevilla and Ajax respectively when few people had heard of them.

He also struck the deal to take a 19-year-old Roberto Firmino to Hoffenheim, after the attacking midfielder had shone for Figueirense and won the 2010 award for Serie B's most promising footballer. 

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Marcus Alves

Marcus Alves is a freelance journalist based in Lisbon and has written for FourFourTwo since 2012. He can also be found at BBC Sport, the Telegraph, Kicker and Yahoo. A former ESPN reporter, he covered 12 games in 15 days during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but can barely remember any of them. He blames cachaça for that.