Similar way from glory, then complete dark oblivion and now long-awaited return to the European proscenium has passed the 29-year-old holding midfielder of Brazilian national team Paulinho.
For decades, even despite the fact that the national team of Brazil is still a champion by the number of final victories in the World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) many stars of penta champions prefer to play in more economically stable Europe.
Paulinho didn’t become an exception. After triumph of the Brazilian club Corinthians in 2012 Copa Libertadores final match the best holding midfielder of the new champion of South America became the stable player of the national team. And exactly in a year English Tottenham, after Gareth Bale’s record sale to Real Madrid, has signed Paulinho for €20 million.
It is unlikely that the Brazilian player could assume that the change will occur very soon in the coaching staff of the Spurs. He is of any use to a temporary sunstitute of André Villas-Boas – Tim Sherwood as well as to the current head coach of Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino.
At the same time, after terrible humiliating failure of penta champions during the last home 2014 World Cup Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team was called to be the lost generation. The head coach of Brazilians quickly resigned, and Paulinho with Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival, “has strongly settled down” in Tottenham on the bench.
“My further football career has lost any sense, and I started to think about leaving the football. Then such unexpected telephone call came from the boss (Luiz Felipe Scolari) from the best club of China, and the official invitation to Guangzhou Evergrande. And I, of course, has gone to this far-away and such unfamiliar country” – Paulinho have told in one of his interviews.
In two and a half years the Brazilian became the best player of Guangzhou Evergrande and has won five various trophies. But quite recently Paulinho became the main face of the “juicy” scandal that threatens the football player with a huge penalty and official deportation.
The matter is that gambling is forbidden in China. But the Brazilian, naturally, didn’t know this fact, and has acted in the bookmakers’ commercial with one charming model. Paulinho also didn’t know that his new partner is the well-known Japanese pornostar Aoi Tsukasa.
And when this double scandal started to assume the universal scale, the invitation came from Barcelona to become Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta’s new partner in the holding zone of Catalan Super club. Moreover, for €222 million that is earned on Neymar’s transfer the first sum in 40 million at once has been transferred to FC Guangzhou, and in the next few days will be officially declared that Paulinho will move to the new team of Ernesto Valverde.
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