Roberto Firmino pays emotional tribute to Lucas Leiva on his retirement

From one Brazilian legend to another.

Following in Luis Suarez’s footsteps, Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino has paid tribute to Lucas Leiva following the announcement of his retirement.

The former Liverpool midfielder has retired from football after discovering a heart issue in December.

Firmino took to Instagram to wish his fellow countryman to reminisce on their great on-pitch times together and to wish him the best of luck.

“My young man, what an honor and privilege to have played alongside you. What a greater honor it was to met you up close, to be able to hang out with you, to have known your heart and to be able to call you a friend, brother and cumpadre,” Firmino stated in his heartfelt message.

“I have memories with you, that no matter the time and distance, will never be forgotten.”

The pair endured special times with each other at Anfield, and their Brazilian affinity grew stronger by the minute.

Now 36, Leiva was part of Liverpool’s midfield for ten years before his departure to Lazio in 2017.

The midfielder racked up 346 appearances for the Reds, of which 247 came in the Premier League.

Sitting at sixth in the club’s all-time domestic appearance makers, Leiva will live on as a Liverpool legend.

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