The striker was left out of the final list for the World Cup in Qatar
It is not news to anyone that Gabigol was irritated by not being called up by Tite for the World Cup. The coach called nine attackers for the World Cup, but the player was not among them. The chosen ones were Neymar, Vini Júnior, Antony, Rodrygo, Raphinha, Richarlison, Pedro, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli. In celebration of winning the Libertadores with Mais Querido, the crowd echoed screams that said the player did not need Tite. At the time, the 26-year-old striker replied “It’s true, I already play for a f****** selection”.
Gabigol participated in Globo’s Altas Horas program, which airs this Saturday night. There, he told how the moment he was called up when he saw that his name was not among the players who will represent Brazil in Qatar: “At the time of the announcement, I was at home with my parents, we stopped to watch it and, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. But I’m happy with the affection from the public, for everyone who thinks I should be there “he stated.
The Flamengo striker was responsible for starring in many glorious moments for Mengão in recent years. It is worth remembering that he scored the goals that decided the last two Libertadores won by Clube Carioca. In 2019, he scored the two goals against River Plate, while this year he scored the goal against Athletico/PR that defined the Tri da América.
Gabigol was recognized by Flamengo’s board of directors when he inherited the number 10 shirt, which was once Zico’s, after the retirement of Diego Ribas. At the World Cup, midfielder Éverton Ribeiro and striker Pedro will represent Rubro-Negro Carioca in the Brazilian national team. Besides them, Guillermo Varela and Giorgian De Arrascaeta will go to the World Cup with the Uruguayan national team.