Liverpool star Fabinho's dad passes away as wife confirms heartbreaking news

Liverpool star Fabinho's dad passes away as wife confirms heartbreaking news

Liverpool star Fabinho's dad passes away as wife confirms heartbreaking news  - swiftheadline

The father of Liverpool star Fabinho has died.

The Brazilian midfielder's wife, Rebeca Tavares, confirmed the tragic news on her Twitter account after he was not spotted in training on Thursday.

"Morning y’all. For those who are asking on Instagram …. Fabinho’s father has passed. He will be missed," she said.

Tavares also paid a heartfelt tribute to her father-in-law on her social media accounts.

She wrote: "You will always be remembered with that smile and that passion for the things of the Kingdom!! I thank God for the privilege of having known him. Your grandchildren will know about the grandfather they had.

"I love you father-in-law!! I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 #RIP."

Fabinho, 27, came off the bench in Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Norwich City last weekend having represented Brazil at this summer's Copa America.

He is usually one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp's team sheet and the Reds boss has previously hailed him as the best defensive midfielder in the world.

 Fabinho was born in Campinas, Sao Paulo and left his native country to join Portuguese club Rio Ave then Real Madrid on loan in 2012.

His father, Joao Roberto Tavares, is believed to have been a factory worker while his mother, Rosangela Tavares, was a former cleaner. The couple reportedly had three children of which Fabinho is the youngest.

Fabinho posted a tribute to his dad earlier this month, writing: "Happy Father's Day, Papa. Thanks for being an example for me. May God continue to bless you and use you. Love you."

A close friend of Fabinho and fellow footballer, Pal Dik, previously opened up on Joao Roberto's role in his son's development.

"He has always been incredibly dedicated," Dik told The Sun of his childhood pal. "He always said he would make it big so he could help his family. Fabinho's dad Joao Roberto would sometimes drive overnight to take us to away games, sometimes arriving at 5am."

Fabinho was able to celebrate Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2019 with his father, who also witnessed him win the Premier League the following year. 

Dik recalled playing alongside Fabinho for his childhood team, Paulinia, adding: "We had a social worker and psychologist as part of the staff, and we knew from them that he faced a lot of financial difficulties.

"I was impressed by how he (Fabinho) battled to make it, and how his father made sacrifices to help him. His dream was to play in the Premier League.

"He is still incredibly humble and has never forgotten his roots. He sent me a message yesterday, thanking me for helping him get to where he is."