Brazil legend lands in the A-Leagues to replace record transfer: She’s been to FIVE World Cups!

Melbourne City have announced the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Bárbara on a deal until the end of the season.

The former Brazil number one brings with her a wealth of experience having played 69 times for her country, featuring at five FIFA World Cups and four Olympics where she won Silver at the 2008 Beijing games.

Furthermore, Bárbara also brings with her championship winning experience from the very top of international football having won the 2018 edition of the Copa America Femenina.

Most recently with Brazilian side Flamengo, Bárbara has enjoyed a stellar career which has seen her play top level football at clubs in Italy, Germany and Sweden.

“I’m super happy to play in Melbourne,” said the new City signing. “I want to be able to bring all my 20 years of experience to help the team, I’m super excited to be here. 

“For the fans, I want to say that I will give everything, and I will always do my best.  

“Just like I did in all the clubs I’ve been to, I want to be able to help the team and leave my mark in Melbourne.” 

City were in need of a new number one after losing Canada international Lysianne Proulx to NWSL side Bay FC in what was a record outgoing transfer for the Liberty A-League.

The 35-year-old has already been training with with her new teammates and could be in line to make her City debut this weekend when they face Brisbane Roar at Perry Park.

“To bring someone of Bárbara’s quality and experience into the squad is a huge boost as we look forward to the most important part of the season,” said Melbourne City head coach Dario Vidosic.

“Her experience at major tournaments and in top leagues across the world speaks for itself, and we’re excited to welcome her on board.  

“We’ve lost a great goalkeeper to an exciting opportunity in Lysianne Proulx, but we’re delighted to secure someone of Bárbara’s quality so quickly and I have no doubt she’ll be a great addition to not only our team, but also the league.”