Wellington Phoenix have lost their marquee parting ways with attacking midfielder Gui Finkler. The Brazilian made 28 appearances for the club after joining from Melbourne Victory at the end of the 2015-16 season, finding the back of the net seven times. The 32-year-old is the 39th Brazilian player to leave the A-League leaving Sydney FC’s Bobo as the only lone Brazilian in the competition. But where does Finkler rank in the best Brazilian players to play in the A-League?
- Henrique 149 appearances (Brisbane Roar 2009-2016, Adelaide United 2016-17)
- Cassio 124 appearances (Adelaide United 2007-2015)
- Gui Finkler 121 appearances (Melbourne Victory 2012-16, Wellington Phoenix 2016-17)
- Daniel 106 appearances (Wellington Phoenix 2007-12)
- Reinaldo 92 appearances (Brisbane Roar 2006-2011)
- Henrique 42 goals
- Gui Finkler 27 goals
- Reinaldo 24 goals
- Bobo 21 goals*
- Bruno Canarine 17 goals
Finkler was a part of the Melbourne Victory side that won the Premier’s Plate, A-League championship, and FFA Cup in 2015, and in the 2014-15 he was named in the PFA’s Team of the Season.
He didn’t make as many appearances, score as many goals, or win as much as compatriot Henrique but there is a high turnover of Brazilian players in the A-League so to stay as long as he has and to achieve as much as he has in quite an accomplishment.
However just because he has left the Wellington Phoenix doesn’t mean he is leaving the A-League. Ernie Merrick brought Finkler to Wellington last year, now Merrick is at the Jets and in need of an injury replacement for Ronny Vargas.
But for now let’s celebrate Gui Finkler’s A-League career.