The Double Headed Monster: Gabigol and Bruno Henrique
Flamengo has dominated Brazil for the past year. They are led by their double-headed monster offence, Bruno Henrique and Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa.
Gabigol and Henrique have been the best players in Brazil by a long shot this past year. In the Brazilian Serie A, they are the top two strikers in terms of goals scored. Gabigol is at the top of the table with 25 goals. On the other hand, Henrique comes second with 21 goals.
It is refreshing to see that there is not only one player leading the way for a team. They are not one-dimensional players, because they can also create opportunities for their teammates. Gabigol had eight assists while Henrique dished out four assists of his own.
Gabigol is pleased with his and Henrique’s performance in the past year. He said, ‘I am happy with the goals. It doesn’t just depend on me, it depends on my teammates. They help me a lot, they create plays for me, I also create for them. Very happy for this broken brand too, I hope it continues like this, with goals. It’s not my focus to be a top scorer, I’ve been a top scorer of everything. My real focus is to be a champion and with Flamengo’.
The duo has led Flamengo to a historic season. They managed to win the Copa Libertadores and the Campeonato Brasileiro. They even reached the Club World Cup where they lost in the final to England’s Liverpool.
Gabigol has always thought of Henrique as one of the best players he’s ever played with. When Henrique missed some matches, Gabigol was evidently disappointed that Henrique was not there.
He said, ‘Bruno Henrique is a player who gets along very well with me, we have the same characteristics, he is needed by any team in the world. But Flamengo is very qualified, the players who made up for the absence were very good. So obviously Bruno is sorely missed, but it's good that Flamengo has a very large and very good squad’.
For Henrique, he is also happy with him having Gabigol as a strong teammate. Henrique said, ‘He is very important for our club. He is a guy who has a great mentality and I am sure he will do what he feels is best for himself. I do not know how the negotiations are going, but personally I want him to stay to help us again. He is a boy who has a very important future. There are no words to describe him. He can still give a lot’.
In 2020, Flamengo has been performing well in the domestic tournaments. Gabigol and Henrique have been the club’s top performers as per usual. Now that both Gabigol and Henrique are set to stay with Flamengo, they are a scarier offensive duo. The rest of Brazil will have to take notice because the duo is here to stay.
Words: Cholo Martin