Roar bid farewell to club legend Henrique
Brisbane Roar have announced Championship-winning striker Henrique will leave the club at the end of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.
In a statement on their official website, the Roar thanked the Brazilian for his years of service, a period which included two Premiers Plates as well as three Grand Final victories.
Indeed Henrique, who earned the nickname ‘the slippery fish’, played a crucial role in both the 2010/11 and 2013/14 showpieces, netting the decisive penalty in the former and popping up in injury-time to score the winning goal in the latter.
Roar CEO David Pourre took time to praise the 33-year old and revealed he would be granted life membership of the club for his efforts.
“A champion of the club, a people’s champion and all round genuine and humble person, Henrique will always be in the hearts and minds of Brisbane Roar, its sponsors, members and fans,” Pourre said.
“Respected by many throughout the football family, Henrique’s inspiring contribution to football in Australia will never be forgotten.
“The Club is pleased to announce it is currently finalising its past player recognition program with our Grand Final hero to receive life membership for his outstanding service & contribution to the Club and football in Australia."
Henrique arrived in Australia in 2009 and left the club after eight seasons in 2016 only to make a comeback in early 2018.
The man himself also thanked the club, revealing that he had made lifelong memories during his time in the Sunshine State.
“I want to thank the first people who gave me the opportunity to come to Australia and Brisbane, a special mention to Frank Farina,” Henrique said.
“I would like to thank all the people I have worked with - the players, all the staff & especially the fans - they have been great for me at all times and everything we do is for them.
“My first game was special, as was my first goal in Brisbane Roar colours. The first Grand Final win will be a great memory that stays with me for a long time.
“The very first day [in Australia] I fell in love with the club, the city and Australia. The journey has been amazing. I have my citizenship, my family are very happy here so we’re going to be around.
“The memories are great, I wish the club the very best in the future. I’ll be here, I’ll be supporting from outside. I’ll be getting a life membership, my family and I so from now on I’ll be in the stands supporting the team from there.
“At this point in time I have to take care of my injury. That will give me time to look at all opportunities to then make a clear decision to continue playing or transition perhaps into coaching.”