Royal wants to be a success at Barça

Royal wants to be a success at Barça

The Brazilian full back made his Barça debut in the Gamper game and here explains his hopes for the future as a blaugrana and his footballing beginnings in Brazil

Royal has given his first interview as a Barça player. The right back signed for FC Barcelona back on 2 June and the Brazilian spoke to Barça TV+ for the Welcome, Royal programme. 


Below we take a look at the highlights from the interview:

Arrival in Barcelona

"I am really happy to get to know the city. Barcelona is very nice and for me it's a dream to come to Barcelona and be at such as big club. I have wanted to join Barça since I was little." 

Barça objectives

"I want to be a success at Barça. At a club this size, I just want to do well." 

Why Royal?

"Royal is a nickname that my aunt gave me when I was little because I cried a lot and I opened my mouth a lot, like a jelly from the Royal brand." 

His beginnings in the favela

"In the favela I learnt that in life, if you want something, you can achieve anything. My first memory of playing with the ball is in the favela, when I still didn't know how to play football. There is where I learnt." 

Starting out in Brazil

"I learnt a lot in Ponte Preta with the players and with the coach that I had. It was a great experience and it has helped me get to FC Barcelona." 

"In Atlético Mineiro I grew as a peron and I learnt that football has good and bad moments." 

His spell at Betis 

"Playing at Betis helped me a lot with adapting to the La Liga and the country. It also helped me get to being at Barça." 

"At Betis I have improved a lot defensively. I have learned to be more focused during the whole game. It's one of my best memories given how much I grew as a person and a player." 

Dani Alves, a role model

"I have spoken to Dani Alves and he has given me some advice. I have followed him since I was young. I admire for his personality and his quality; he's really competitive. He's a great player and a great guy." 

More personal side 

"I like being at home with my family and playing on the Play Station. I have a happy and fun family." 

"Being happy is my best virtue. If I have a fault, it's that I am very competitive, I don't like to lose." 

"I have some 30 tattoos. The most special ones are one of my brother and another that reminds me of my origins in the favela." 

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