Throwback to when Bruno Guimaraes rocked up to Brasileirao awards in his father’s taxi

Newcastle United have wasted no time and their January transfer window has been a statement.

Backed by Saudi funding, the Magpies have brought the likes of Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett, Dan Burn etc.

Their most expensive acquisition this window was one of Bruno Guimaraes.

The former Olympique Lyon man arrives at St James’ Park for a reported fee of £33m.

The 24-year-old midfielder comes from humble beginnings and began his football in Brazil with minnows Audax.

Both of his parents were in the transport business, his father used to drive cabs whereas his mother used to sell bicycles.

Those days are long gone now but the midfielder still remains down to earth and remember his start.

As a wonderful tribute to his dad’s taxi which carried the number 39, the Brazilian has opted for the number 39 at every club he has been to.

This is going to repeat at his new destination as well.

During his time at Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense, Bruno made the Brasileirao Serie A team of the season in 2019.

He even arrived at the awards ceremony alongside his father driving the very same cab that serves as the inspiration for his number (UOL).

The Olympic gold medalist is Newcastle’s second most expensive signing ever and serves as a statement of intent for the future.

The Magpies currently find themselves tied up in a relegation battle, their newfound reinforcements however will surely be looking to turn the tide.