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Former Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been ordained as an evangelical pastor, three years after co-founding the Manah Church in his hometown, Maceio.

Firmino, alongside his wife Larissa Pereira and pastors Jairo Fernandes and Keila Medeiros, established the church in 2020.

In an Instagram post, Firmino shared photos of the ordination ceremony, which took place on Sunday, June 30.

The 32-year-old and his wife described the event as “memorable and unforgettable.”

“What a memorable and unforgettable night. This church was BORN in the heart of God and we are extremely grateful for the privilege of witnessing up close all that the Lord has done,” Firmino wrote.

“Since our encounter with Christ, a longing burns in our hearts… Let people know this love that has reached us. Now we have another craving and responsibility… Be Pastors after God’s heart and who cooperate with the Kingdom.”

He added, “Today we are totally flabbergasted when we see the size of God’s mercy upon us. He really picks the unlikely! Thank You Jesus. Thank you Pr Jairo and Pr Keila for pushing us and believing in us.”

Roberto Firmino and his spiritual journey

This spiritual dedication follows a significant decision taken a few years ago. In 2020, Firmino was baptized in the swimming pool at the home of his former teammate Alisson Becker.

Firmino spent eight years at Liverpool, where he played a crucial role in helping the Reds win multiple trophies, including the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Despite his new pastoral role, Firmino has not retired from football. He currently plays for Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli and has two years remaining on his contract.

The forward’s journey from a celebrated footballer to a dedicated pastor highlights his deep commitment to his faith and community. Firmino’s dual role as a professional athlete and a spiritual leader continues to inspire many around the world.
By Frank Appiah|3sports|Ghana