Roberto Firmino wins the 2018 Samba Gold award

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has beaten Neymar and Marcelo as the 2018 Samba Gold award winner

The 27-year-old had his most prolific campaign at Anfield last season with 27 goals in 54 games along with an additional 17 assists.

Firmino, who has found the net 10 times in 28 appearances this term, has also formed part of a devastating strike partnership at Liverpool with teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Now the Sambafoot website have confirmed Firmino as their 2018 Brazilian Player of the Year in Europe by the votes of journalists, VIPs and online users.

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Real Madrid full-back Marcelo and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar round off the top three.

“Bobby Firmino played an outstanding season so far,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp following Firmino’s hat-trick against Arsenal last Saturday.

“If I talk to people, it’s like: ‘Bobby, eh, if it would click for him…’ [But] the different system we play is possible because he plays how he plays because he is everywhere. He is a link-up player.”

Top-10 2018 Samba Gold award voting poll

  1. Roberto Firmino 21,79%
  2. Marcelo 20,51%
  3. Neymar 18,67%
  4. Alisson 16,39%
  5. Thiago Silva 5,29%
  6. Ederson 4,65%
  7. Marquinhos 2,75%
  8. Fabinho 2,64%
  9. Philippe Coutinho 2,45%
  10. Casemiro 1,62%

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