The Brazilian midfielder, who featured within the goalless draw in opposition to England at Wembley ultimate evening, was once touted whilst on global responsibility.
After swapping Tottenham for Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou in 2015, it gave the look of his profession will have been coming to a untimely finish.
But his spectacular performances earned him constant name-u.s.a.for his nation, and it was once all through a type of video games in opposition to Argentina that he was once requested to transfer to Barcelona.
“It was in the friendly in Australia,” Paulinho advised Globoesporte.
“I had a unfastened-kick, me and (Chelsea midfielder) Willian had been status over the ball.
“I used to be over the ball simply to stand there, Willian was once going to take it.
“Messi was once some distance away. When Willian took intention I stepped again, he came visiting and stated, ‘Let’s cross to Barcelona’.
“I heard him and stated, ‘If you wish to have to take me there, I am going.’ I imply, he’s the most efficient on the planet and also you pay attention phrases like that, it makes you glad, it makes you’re feeling assured.
“Whatever the cases, enjoying along the most efficient on the planet is one thing I will be able to inform my children about.
“At that time I nearly fell flat on my face however I stored enjoying!”
Paulinho made the £36million transfer in August and has now not regarded again since.
He has been a mainstay within the Barcelona midfield as they spread out a 4-level hole on the most sensible of La Liga.