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Coutinho must live up to cost, legacy of Barca's Brazilians

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Philippe Coutinho arrives at Barcelona bearing both his huge price tag and the legacy of the long line of Brazilian stars who have dazzled at Camp Nou. The comparisons will be constant with Neymar, whose world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August provided Barcelona with the 160 million euros it needed to acquire Coutinho at a cost that would have seemed ludicrous just six months before. Only Neymar and PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe surpass it. But while Neymar, as before him Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Romario, all became fan favourites by staring in Barcelona's attack, Coutinho will have to measure up to the Spanish club's long line of top-notch and largely homegrown midfielders. The 25-year-old Coutinho will come to Spain charged with the daunting task of one day taking over as its midfield leader with Andres Iniesta entering the twilight of his career at age 33.(News BY DAWN NEWS)

 


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