In Paulinho, Bayer Leverkusen have acquired one of the most talented young Brazilians in football today. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
In Paulinho, Bayer Leverkusen have acquired one of the most talented young Brazilians in football today. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Paulinho: Bayer Leverkusen's answer to Cristiano Ronaldo

Bayer Leverkusen's reputation in South America – and particularly in Brazil – served them well this year when they persuaded another top talent to move to Germany. Brazilian attacker Paulinho looks like he will add yet more flair and power to Heiko Herrlich's line-up for the 2017/18 campaign.

Paulinho

Age: 18
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Position: Winger
Country: Brazil (U20s)   

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Key stats

A direct attacking midfielder standing at 5’ 9”, Paulinho made his professional debut for Brazilian giants Vasco da Gama at the age of 16. He scored a double on his first league start in July 2017, and in February 2018 he became the first player born this millennium to score in the Copa Libertadores – the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.

He won the South American under-17 Championship with Brazil in 2017, and also found the net three times at that year’s FIFA under-17 World Cup.

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What they’re saying

"I think it's important to fully consider a move abroad. That's why I've chosen a club that works seriously and yet still pursues great ambitions. I want to get to know the whole of Europe with Bayer 04." - Paulinho

"The lad has quickly shown us what he can do with his technical ability, dynamism, assertiveness and goal threat. He is very advanced in spite of his young age." - Leverkusen general manager Jonas Boldt

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