Fabinho made his debut for Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Pro-League with a clash against Al-Raeed. Ittihad dominated the match and emerged victorious by 3 goals. The Brazilian joined the Arabian club from Liverpool this summer at a £40 million price. The player seemed to be all-similes after his first victory with his new club.

3 things you need to know 

Fabinho will play his next match against Al-Ta’ee on Saturday
Fabinho spent 5 seasons with Liverpool before leaving for Saudi Arabia
Fabinho won the UCL, Premier League, Club WC and UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool

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Fabinho was gifted a Rolex watch after the match

Fabinho made his start for Al-Ittihad and had an interesting thing happened after his first victory with the club. After Fabinho’s team beat Al-Raed 3-0 in the first game of the Saudi Pro League, a fan who is claimed to be a journalist was so impressed with the play that he gave him a Rolex watch as a gift. 

This happened not long after Fabinho moved from Liverpool to Al-Ittihad for £40 million last month. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder signed a three-year deal and played his first game with N’Golo Kante, who was his Premier League rival at  Chelsea. A fan of Al-Ittihad was so impressed with Fabinho’s performance that he gave him a Rolex watch and put it on his wrist after the game. 

How was Fabinho’s reaction to the gesture?

The kind act surprised Fabinho, but the watch fell to the ground as he started to leave and join his team on the Ittihad bus. Even though there wasn’t much damage, the ex-Liverpool player seemed to feel better after what happened as he was shocked to receive an expensive gift from a person from the stands which is unlikely to happen in Europe.

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Saudi Pro League gains signifacnt prominence

Fabinho is one of the big stars from the European top 5 leagues to join the Middle East Clubs. This shows that more and more players are leaving Europe to play football in Saudi Arabia. The Brazillian joined a group of well-known players who have moved to Pro League teams, such as Karim Benzema, Riyad Mahrez, Roberto Firmino, Edouard Mendy, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jordan Henderson, and Neymar whose transfer is reported to announce soon with Al-Hilal. It all started when the Portuguese icon  Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr in January, it set a pattern for other talented players to follow in the footsteps of arguably the greatest footballer of all time. Looking ahead, Fabinho’s Al-Ittihad, who are currently at the top of the table, will play Al-Ta’ee on Saturday.

 Fabinho was presented with a Rolex watch by an Al-Ittihad fan after his impressive performance in his Saudi Pro League debut against Al-Raeed.