JOELINTON went from Toon main man to balloon game fan with a spectacular gender reveal at St James’ Park.
The crowd favourite endeared himself to Newcastle supporters even more by choosing the cherished turf for his own personal big moment.
The Brazilian, partner Thays Gondim and their two children waited on the halfway line – gazing at a goal covered in pink and blue balloons.
Joelinton then booted a ball in the air – the signal for launching a mass of blue flares and streamers.
His family reacted with wild excitement, leaping around and sharing hugs.
They then spoke to the camera about their new boy joy.
It’s also a thrilling time for Joelinton in his more normal role on the pitch.
His form took off after manager Eddie Howe moved him back from a striking role last season.
And the 26-year-old has maintained that dynamism this term for a Saudi-backed Newcastle side who sit fourth in the Premier League.
Now Brazil are monitoring Joelinton ever closer, with a first international call-up likely.
First, though, the South Americans must find a successor to Tite.
The manager stepped down after six years in charge following Brazil’s World Cup 2022 quarter-final exit against Croatia.
Real Madrid chief Carlo Ancelotti, as well as ex-Spain and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, are among major names mentioned as contenders.
For Joelinton, then, it’s a momentous year all round – as he awaits his third child and hopes for Champions League football and his first cap.