Bundesliga player Roberto Firmino has been speaking to the Liverpool Echo about his work ethic and how his talent inspired his dentist to leave the dental industry and become his agent as his career took off.
There are talks of the 24-year-old transferring from Germany to play for Liverpool for a whopping £29million and it might be surprising to many people, but not the young player’s agent, who was formerly his dentist. According to sources, Marcellus Portella swapped fillings and tooth extractions for the glamour of professional football after deciding that the 15-year-old Roberto Firmino was going to be a star. Portella was a dental surgeon at Firmino’s local club Clube de Regatas Brasil when he spotted the teenagers potential and decided to throw away his dental tools and become his agent.
Firmino was asked about the story and he laughs ‘it’s true’, adding that Portella was ‘a dentist but he no longer is.’ He explains ‘After he spotted me he became an agent.’ Portella seems to be doing well for his client as the young player is currently winning over Liverpool fans and played in the Capital One Cup Final last weekend at Wembley.