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Brazilian professional footballer Paulinho plays in the role of a midfielder for his national team, as well as for Barcelona in the Spanish League.
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Paulinho is noted for his speed, agility and power between the boxes. He is also considered a useful presence on the two ends of the ground.
Paulinho’s career started with Pão de Açúcar, as he joined the youth squad in the year 2004. He broke through the first team, and then joined FC Vilnius in the year 2006. His displays were appreciated at Lithuania, as he made five goals from 38 games at domestic level. But by the time 2007 neared its end, he left the team because of the club’s relegation, and he joined ŁKS Łódź after moving to Poland, where he spent one season and appeared in 17 league games. He again joined Pão de Açúcar in summer 2008, where he had a successful season, before joining Bragantino of Série B in 2009.
In 2009, when Paulinho was still with Bragantino, he attracted the attention of the Corinthians, who decided to sign the player. He made his first goal of the league for Corinthians in May 2010, in a 4–2 win over Santos. He eventually went on to help his team earn many more competitive titles like Brasileirão 2011 and Copa Libertadores 2012, and he thus became an important part of the team. In the Copa Libertadores quarter-final, Paulinho netted one goal against Vasco da Gama, and scored another in the second leg in May 2012, sending his team to the semi-final. In November 2012, he scored twice in a 5–1 win over Coritiba in the league game.
In July 2013, One of the EPL Champions Tottenham Hotspur signed Paulinho and his fee was reported as less than 17 million EUR. He debuted in Premier League for the new team in August 2013 in a game opposite Crystal Palace, and was named the Man of the Match in the 1-0 win. In August, he made his first goal for Tottenham in the qualification round of Europa League against Dinamo Tbilisi, in a 5–0 win. He scored his first Premier League goal for the club in September 2013 in a 1-0 win against Cardiff City.
In June 2015, Paulinho became part of the Chinese Super League by signing with Guangzhou Evergrande for 14 million EUR, i.e. £9.9 million, for a deal of four years. In July 2015, he debuted in a 2–0 win over Changchun Yatai. In August 2015, he made his first goal for the team by netting a a free-kick over 35 yards, in the AFC Champions League 2015, against Japanese team Kashiwa Reysol. In December 2015, he netted a header in the FIFA Club World Cup 2015 quarter-final against Club América, leading to a 2–1 win. In January 2017, he signed a contract extension with Guangzhou till December 2020.
In August 2017, Barcelona came to an agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande to buy Paulinho for 40 million EUR, after many failed bids by the Spanish team. In August 2017, he debuted for Barcelona in a 2–0 victory over Alavés. In September 2017, he made the first goal for his new team in a 2–1 victory over Getafe. In October, Paulinho led his team to a 2–0 win over Athletic Bilbao. He was consistent with his displays, and he soon became a starter. His season came to an end with a brace, collected against Deportivo de La Coruña. In the team’s first match in 2018, which was against Levante, he scored a goal and led the team to end the game with a score of 3–0. In January 2018, he scored Barcelona’s first goal at Anoeta in 10 years, in a 4-2 win against Real Sociedad.
Paulinho joined the national football team of Brazil in 2011, and made his first international goal against Argentina in September 2012, in the form of an equalizer in a Superclásico de las Américas match that ended with 2–1 win. He was also part of the World Cup 2014 squad, after being picked for the 23-member squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.
Paulinho scored in the first Confederations Cup warm-up match against England, which ended with a 2-2 score. In June, he made the second goal and the match ended with a 3–0 win. In the semi-final against Uruguay, he made a goal to push the score to 2–1 for his team, and led his country to the final. In the final, his team beat Spain with a score of 3–0. He was honoured with Bronze Ball and declared the third best player of the tournament for his efforts through the campaign.
In the qualifying round of FIFA World Cup 2018, he made the first hat-trick of his career in a game against Uruguay. During his tenure, Brazil has earned some great successes, including the following:
Paulinho was born in the financial capital of Brazil, i.e. São Paulo. His is a story from rags to riches, because he had a tough childhood, watching his parents battling with financial crisis and trying to maintain the family the best they could, living in a basic house. After many highs and lows, he reached where he is now. But, he appreciates those who have left a mark in his life; for instance, he gifted a Mercedes-Benz to his chauffeur when he used to play at Guangzhou Evergrande. He is married to Barbara Cartaxo, with whom he tied the knot in 2011.
The current market value of Paulinho is 40 million EUR. This is the highest value that he has acquired in his career.
For his stunning performances and amazing contributions to the team, Paulinho has earned several individual awards and honours. These are as follows: