FC Barcelona's Brazilian player Paulinho gestures after scoring against Deportivo de La Coruna at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, Spain, December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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When Paulinho signed for Barcelona in August from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande the deal was widely viewed with derision, with both fans and the media doubting the Brazilian had the quality to thrive at Camp Nou.Although Paulinho, a rugged box-to-box midfielder, does not occupy the same space on the pitch as wingers Neymar and Dembele, he has forced his way into the side.That does not mean the attacking threat has been badly diminished though, with Paulinho contributing six La Liga goals, more than any player at Real Madrid, including vaunted forwards Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
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