Former Manchester Metropolis captain Fernandinho has returned to his first membership and signed for Athletico Paranaense, the Brazilian membership stated on Monday.
The 37-year-old midfielder, who left Metropolis on the finish of final season following a trophy-laden nine-year stint in England, signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.
“It’s with nice satisfaction that I return residence. Realizing that I can apply somewhat little bit of every little thing I achieved in these years taking part in in Europe,” stated Fernandinho in a press convention to unveil his arrival within the southern metropolis of Curitiba.
Born in Parana state, whose capital is Curitiba, Fernandinho started his profession at Athletico as an adolescent in 2002 earlier than shifting to Ukraine to hitch Shakhtar Donetsk in 2005.
After eight years in Donetsk that noticed him win six Ukrainian league titles, 4 Ukrainian cups and the UEFA Cup, the precursor to the Europa League, in 2009, Fernandinho caught the attention of Metropolis scouts.
By then he was already a Brazil worldwide and would go on to win greater than 50 caps, serving to the Selecao raise the 2019 Copa America and taking part in in two World Cups.
At Metropolis, he gained 5 Premier League titles, the FA Cup, six League Cups and performed within the 2021 Champions League ultimate.
He shocked his Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola in April when he introduced throughout a pre-match press convention forward of the Champions League quarter-final second leg towards Atletico Madrid that he could be leaving the membership on the finish of the season.
He had stated he was determined for his kids to see him play for the membership he helps.
Guardiola supported his choice and described Fernandinho as “an unbelievable participant.”
Athletico are presently third within the Brazilian league and thru to the final 16 of the Copa Libertadores, the place they are going to play Paraguay’s Libertad.
Fernandinho will probably be out there from July 18 when Brazilian groups can register new gamers.