Firmino Liverpool star was discovered on Football Manager

Firmino was discovered on Football Manager which led to his transfer to German club, Hoffenheim.

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Roberto Firmino play Roberto Firmino was discovered on Football Manager according to one of the scouts that brought him to Europe (AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool star Roberto Firmino was discovered on Football Manager according to a scout.

Firmino in December 2010 signed for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, his first club in Europe from Brazil.

A football scout who played a major role in that transfer, Lutz Pfannenstiel has revealed that the forward was discovered on Football Manager.

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Roberto Firmino play The forward signed for Hoffenheim in 2010 from Brazil (Getty Images)

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It was talkSPORT presenter Paul Hawksebee who put up the question in an interview.

Lutz, you were saying with Firmino, you and a colleague found him [on Football Manager], did all the work on it and he went to Hoffenheim for £3.5m quid?

Pfannenstiel confirmed that it was true and admitted that he was scared that the transfer fee was too much for the player.

Paul Hawksebee play Lutz Pfannenstiel, a Hoffenheim scout says he was scared that the midfielder will not be a success (Bongarts/Getty Images)

 

Yeah, '£3.5m roughly,” he replied.

If you're getting a guy from the second league in Brazil, only 17 – 18-years-old.

Straight away people think he needs to play in the first team directly.

So people were saying you've paid that amount for a player who hasn't made it yet.

In the end, we sold him for €42m plus [future] payments, so, in the end, I think we did it right.

I think it's good scouting, definitely.”

This is Firmino’s second season at Liverpool and he has scored five goals in 10 games so far this season.

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