According to A Bola, Gabigol’s final straw was being an unused substitute during Benfica’s Cup match against Vitoria Guimaraes on Saturday.
Consequently, the newspaper does not expect there to be a way back for the Brazilian forward at Estadio da Luz.
The 22-year-old joined Benfica on loan at the end of August with an option to buy, but he has played just 148 minutes of football across four appearances in Lisbon.
I don’t know what is next for Gabigol. He is being linked with a move to PSV Eindhoven for Genoa for the second-half of the season.
He has failed at both Inter and Benfica and Santos don’t want him back. It is a remarkable fall from grace for a footballer who 14 months ago was starring in the Brazilian national team’s historic gold medal triumph at the Olympic football tournament in Rio de Janeiro.
He was part of Brazil’s attack along with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus and when Inter beat a host of clubs to his signature, he was viewed as the Nerazzurri’s natural heir to Ronaldo. The next great Brazilian star at Inter.
Gabigol and his agent Wagner Ribeiro still thinks that the striker has a chance of making Brazil’s World Cup squad next summer.
Instead of dreaming of playing in Russia next summer, Gabigol should be focused on getting his career back on track because if his maturity level does not improve, he will be out of football in a couple of years.