Gabriel Magalhães Wages & Contract
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Gabriel Magalhães plays in defense for Arsenal football club and the Brazilian national team. Gabriel started out playing football with his friends in São Paulo where his talent shone through. When he was 13 years old he traveled 400 miles to Florianopolis for a trial with Avaí.
Gabriel was offered a place in the academy and moved to Florianopolis but just one week after joining he returned home to São Paulo due to homesickness. He spent two weeks at home rebuilding his confidence and spending time with his family before returning to the club. At the age of 16 Avai offered him his first professional contract. The following year he won the Brasileiro Série A with the club.
Gabriel’s performances started getting noticed by clubs not only in Brazil but worldwide too. On the 31st of January 2017, Lille managed to secure his signature on a 4.5 contract with the club for a fee of around £2.5 million. He was just 19 years old at the time.
Gabriel would spend many of his early years at his new club out on loan. He had spells at Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb before returning to Lille in 2018. The following year he began to play more regularly for the first team and gained experience playing in the Champions League.
Many teams were interested in the young centre-back including Manchester United, Everton, and Napoli. However, the 22-year-old ended up choosing North London side Arsenal to continue his career. The club paid ~£27 million to complete the signing and Gabriel was given the number 6 shirt.
Gabriel Magalhães has made a strong impression since his arrival and has quickly become a fan favorite. He uses his size and tackling ability to help the team keep clean sheets and is great at the other end of the pitch too. For the 2021/22 season, he scored 5 times, making him the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League.
Two years after joining the club Gabriel penned a new contract with the club keeping him in North London until 2027. Technical Director Edu Gaspar added that “he has grown so much on and off the pitch, with both his contribution and communication on and off the pitch. We look forward to seeing Gabi grow as an important part of our club.”
Internationally Gabriel represents Brazil where he has played for the U20’s and U23’s and many expect him to get a call-up to the first team in the next few years. The Brazilian national team is among the best in the world and Gabriel could become the key piece of the puzzle in their future quests for silverware.