Gabriel Barbosa Almeida, commonly known as Gabriel Barbosa or simply Gabriel (born 30 August 1996), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Santos FC as a forward.
Born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Gabriel joined Santos FC's youth setup in 2004, aged 8. On 25 September 2012, he signed a professional contract, with a €50 million buyout clause. On 17 January, he made his first team debut, in a friendly match against Grêmio Barueri.
On 26 May 2013, Gabriel made his league debut, at only 16 years old, in a 0-0 draw against Flamengo. He scored his first professional goal on 18 January of the following year, netting the game's only in a home success against XV de Piracicaba.
On 1 February 2014, Gabriel scored a brace and Santos' 12,000th goal in a 5-1 victory against Botafogo-SP, for that year's Campeonato Paulista championship. He finished the tournament with seven goals, as Peixe finished second.
Gabriel netted his first Série A goal on 20 April, scoring his side's only in a 1–1 home draw against Sport Recife.
In November 2011, Gabriel was called up to Brazil under-15's. On 20 June 2013, he appeared with the under-17's in a tournament in Miami.
On 22 July 2014 Gabriel was called up to the under-20's for the L'Alcúdia International Football Tournament. He was the tournament's top scorer, but missed the final 2–0 win over Levante UD due to a dimissal in the previous game against Argentina.
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