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Former Man City captain Fernandinho returns to Athletico Paranaense in Brazil 17 years after leaving

Former Manchester City captain Fernandinho returns to Brazil’s premier club Athletico Paranaense 17 years after his departure… after winning 11 league titles and a UEFA Cup over nearly two decades in Europe

  • Fernandinho has signed a contract with first club Athletico Paranaense in Brazil
  • Brazilian left Manchester City after nine successful years at the Etihad Stadium]
  • Brazilian midfielder revealed he received offers from several clubs

Former Manchester City star Fernandinho has returned to his first club Athletico Paranaense 17 years after leaving the Brazilian side.

Fernandinho, 37, left Manchester City at the end of last season after taking his fifth Premier League title in a nine-year trophies-filled period at the Etihad Stadium.

The former City captain, who made 383 appearances for the club, has returned to his native Brazil and will play for Athletico Paranaense, whom he represented from 2002-2005.

Fernandinho dons Athletico Paranaense red and black for the second time in his career

Fernandinho dons Athletico Paranaense red and black for the second time in his career

“We had numerous proposals, from different clubs, from Brazil and abroad,” Fernandinho revealed during his unveiling on Monday.

“But the most sensible decision was to go home and do my best here at Athletico.”

Athletico Paranaense is coached by former Chelsea and World Cup-winning Brazilian manager Luis Felipe Scolari, who joined the squad in May.

Fernandinho left the Brazilian side in 2005 for his first European adventure with Shakhtar Donetsk.

He spent eight years in Ukraine and won six national titles and then won the UEFA Cup in 2009.

Fernandinho's last act as a Manchester City player was to win the Premier League title in May

Fernandinho’s last act as a Manchester City player was to win the Premier League title in May

Fernandinho was a key player for Guardiola but was a backup for Rodri . last season

Fernandinho was a key player for Guardiola but was a backup for Rodri . last season

The midfielder moved to City in 2013 and took the first of his five Premier League titles in his debut season.

He won the EFL Cup six times and the FA Cup once, but was unable to get his hands on the Champions League trophy. He came close in 2021 when City were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea in the final.

The defensive midfielder played a supporting role for Pep Guardiola’s side last season, starting just 17 games across all competitions, as the youngster Rodri was preferred by the Spanish tactician.

Fernandinho has been crowned 53 times by Brazil and achieved success with the Selecao and won the 2019 Copa America in his home country.

The Brazilian returns home with unfinished business, having played 72 times for Athletico, scoring 14 goals.

Athletico is currently third in the table, five points behind leaders and reigning Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras.

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