In a heartbreaking turn of events, former Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is grieving the loss of his father, José Roberto Cordeiro de Oliveira. The 62-year-old passed away in Dubai after suffering a heart attack during a family trip.

Firmino's family had traveled to the Middle East to meet up with the former Liverpool star during the international break. The news of his father's sudden demise has left the football world in shock and sadness.

According to Larissa, Firmino's wife, her father-in-law passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 18. She mentioned that he had been experiencing "tiredness and a cough" prior to his passing.

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The family had planned to spend quality time together during their trip, as Firmino's parents were preparing to start their "new lives" in Saudi Arabia following the player's transfer to Al Ahli in the Saudi Pro League.

In an emotional tribute posted on Instagram, Larissa expressed her grief and described the void left by her father-in-law's departure. "What a void you left here, my father-in-law. What pain is this? It was okay!" she wrote.

"Our plans were for us to have our first family trip together. Every year we received a visit from our parents, but we wanted quality time, an affectionate memory to last forever."

Mrs Firmino added: "My God, it's so hard to digest it all! Our hearts are so grateful for the opportunity to say such a beautiful farewell, but because of it, the pain is even greater. Bureaucracies, uncertainties, make the days longer. Seeing the suffering of my mother-in-law, Roberto and my sister-in-law crushes my heart, I wanted to take this pain away from them.

"My God, what strong and sensitive people, with each breath a despair and with each despair a breath of let's rise again because we trust in our God. I learn so much from them. We wanted more! Our plans were for us to return to Arabia together so that we could present our new life to our parents. And now our plans are one day at a time, learning to live with longing.

"Thank you my father-in-law, thank you crazy for every moment together. See you soon!"

Firmino Snr was a familiar face at Anfield during his son's successful eight-year stint with Liverpool from 2015 to 2023. He was a devoted supporter who took pride in his son's achievements.

In Firmino's recently released book, 'Si Senor My Liverpool Years,' he paid tribute to his father, describing him as his childhood hero, a generous and dedicated family man who served as an inspiration throughout his life.

Firmino's boyhood club, Clube de Regatas Brasil, expressed its condolences on social media, acknowledging his love for the club and his pride in seeing his son wear the team's jersey. The club honored Firmino Snr's memory and extended their sympathies to the grieving family. says: This is really heartbreaking news for Firmino. It goes without saying our condolences go to the former Liverpool star and his family at this time.


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