His Brazilian trainer has explained that the playmaker gained the weight whilst at the German club – 80 percent of which is muscle mass – and that has allowed him to improve physically and becoming a better player.
Fabio Mahseredjian has said, as per Diario AS: “After his time at Bayern, where he gained five kilos, four of which are muscle mass, he improved a lot physically.”
The Brazilian scored 11 goals in 34 appearances for Bayern Munich on a season-long loan spell at Bayern Munich last campaign and is now starring back in the Blaugrana’s starting line-up.
The former Liverpool star is now starring for the Catalan giants in a playmaker role and is forming a prominent part of the attack in Ronald Koeman’s new system.
He has been afforded a run in the team and is now a fundamental attacking player alongside Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati.