Brazilian midfielder Paulinho proves that there is life in football even after Barcelona’s rejection.
Paulinho arrived on the European football scene back in 2013 when he joined Spurs.
He spent two seasons, where he featured heavily and contributed ten goals from a defensive midfield position.
Life in London though was not what he thought.
The lure of the riches from the Chinese Super League appealed to him.
After two years in China, he came back to Europe with the chance to showcase himself to be capable of playing with the best.
He joined Barcelona for a whopping 40 million Euros.
Things did not go to plan though and, after only one year, the Catalan giants rejected him.
In an article he wrote in The Players Tribune he believes it was perhaps the best thing that could have happened to him.
“I live by something that Dani Alves once told me when I was going through a difficult time in my life.”
“He told me ‘We are just kids playing in the rain, man.”
” If it goes wrong, so what? Is it the end of the world? No, man.”
“We’ll just go find somewhere else to play.'”
“I’ve played football my entire life, all over the world.”
“The one thing I’ve learned is that the important thing is to enjoy your work.”
“You have to go to sleep at night staring at the wall, thinking, ‘Damn, I can’t wait for it to be morning so I can have the ball at my feet again!'”
“You can only play your best football in these conditions.”
Living life by this new ideology appears to have paid dividends.
The Brazilian is in the form of his life, with 22 goals and 8 assists in 42 games.
His form has prompted Guangzhou Evergrande to fork out almost 100 million Euros to make his loan move a permanent one.
Half goes to Barcelona and the other in taxes.