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Over the years, the relationship between Manchester City and Brazilian players has been largely hit and miss.
Iconic samba stars such as striker Robinho have struggled to find consistent form at the Etihad Stadium, whereas others have become cult heroes at the club, such as midfield maestro Elano.
Yet, for the last five years, the Citizens have been blessed with two of their best Brazilian stars to date.
Defensive midfielder Fernandinho joined the club from Ukrainian powerhouse Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013.
Despite being 28 years-old at the time of his arrival at the club, Fernandinho stayed on at the Etihad Stadium for a further nine years, winning as many as five Premier League titles, as well as a record six Carabao Cups and an FA Cup along the way.
The midfielder was rewarded for his legendary status by being made club captain over the last two years of his time at the club, guiding the Manchester City team to the Premier League title on both occassions.
Forward Gabriel Jesus joined the Sky Blues in January of 2017, after agreeing a deal in the summer prior, and has enjoyed a similar silverware-laden career at the club.
The player has scored 95 goals for the Manchester side, as well as assisting 46 more, but his most memorable moment in a Manchester City shirt came on the final day of the 2017/18 season.
Gabriel Jesus scored a dramatic last minute winner against Southampton to claim a narrow 1-0 win, and make Manchester City 'centurions' as they registered a total of 100 points across the campaign.
This was the first and only time a Premier League team has achieved the aforementioned tally in a single campaign ever and cements the Samba star in Manchester City’s history forever.
The two Brazilians have always had a close friendship and that strong bond has been demonstrated again by Gabriel Jesus, as he featured in an upcoming documentary about City's now former captain.
“If you want to start a war with me, just say something bad about Fernandinho,” Gabriel Jesus told Manchester City’s official website.
Coming soon! 🥲🙌🏾 Once a blue, always a blue! pic.twitter.com/yEkuRVZCga— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) June 27, 2022
This comes as both leave the Premier League champions this summer.
Fernandinho has already joined his former club Athletico Paranaense on a free transfer.
The player signed a two-year deal with the Brazilian team, after his contract with Manchester City expired this summer.
Gabriel Jesus is expected to be announced as an Arsenal player this week, after a £45 million move was agreed with Manchester City for his transfer.
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