Philippe Coutinho is the latest in a long line of Brazilians to pull on a Barcelona shirt. Some of those who came before him became his childhood heroes, so you’d expect him to know all about the players in whose footsteps he’s following.
The club decided to put his knowledge to the test, trying to get him to identify 10 players from Brazil to have played for La Blaugrana.
It’s a list of legends that includes players like Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Romario, and of course, Ronaldinho. Coutinho cites the latter as his idol, and it’s no surprise that he could spot his revered compatriot even from a deliberately blurry picture of the Barcelona great.
The quiz might have been tough for some people, but Coutinho certainly knows his history,
See how he fared in the video below.
Among the many reasons Lionel Messi‘s teammates are thankful to be playing with him, getting to avoid coming up against him must be pretty high up on the list.
Of course, they still have to face him in training, so they aren’t completely spared the torment.
It’s one of the remarkable things about this Barcelona team. They have a collection of great footballers, such as Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Gerard Pique, and then they have Messi, who leaves everyone else in awe.
What it means is that some of the best players in the world get to watch the Argentine hone his talent.
Watch Messi’s latest display of skill in the video below.
The Argentine maestro has been in devastating form this season, netting 27 goals in 36 appearances as the Spanish giants close in on the La Liga title and look to advance past Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie.
And, according to Croat Rakitic, 30-year-old Messi – who is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner – has proved he is top of the tree when the greatest of all time debate is discussed.
“Messi is the best in history, capable of turning the game around in a second. He is shy because he knows that everyone is watching him.”
Speaking to Antena 3, the midfielder added: “He’s the reference. Our game depends a lot on him. He doesn’t need to talk to understand, a gesture is enough.”