Philippe Coutinho

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Philippe Coutinho Correia (Brazilian Portuguese: [fiˈlipi kowˈtʃĩɲu]; born 12 June 1992) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Spanish club Barcelona and the Brazilian national team. He is known for his combination of vision, passing, dribbling and bending long-range strikes.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Coutinho showed prodigious talent and excelled in Vasco da Gama's youth system. He was signed by Italian club Inter Milan in 2008 for €4 million and subsequently loaned back to Vasco, where he became a key player. He made his debut for Inter Milan in 2010, and was later loaned to La Liga club Espanyol in 2012. In January 2013, Coutinho joined English club Liverpool for £8.5 million. He flourished at Liverpool and earned himself the nickname "The Magician" from Liverpool fans and teammates. After he was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015. In January 2018, Coutinho transferred to Barcelona in a record transaction fee reportedly worth €142 million, making him the world's third most expensive player. In the 2018-19 season, his first full season, Coutinho struggled for Barcelona and faced heavy criticism from Spanish media due his performances.

Coutinho made his senior international debut in 2010, and has earned over 40 caps for Brazil. He was part of the Brazilian squad at the 2015 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario in 2016, and made his World Cup debut at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he was named to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.