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Messi asked me to join Barca during Brazil vs Argentina - Paulinho

Messi asked me to join Barca during Brazil vs Argentina - Paulinho”

The former Tottenham midfielder signed for the Spanish giants in August for a whopping fee of £36million.

The Brazilian has revealed Messi convinced him to move to the Nou Camp as he was lining up a free-kick during an global friendly.

Paulinho said: "I was getting ready to take a free kick in a game between Brazil and Argentina".

"I think 28-30 years is the best age for a footballer because you are mature, you understand the game better, you know what you want, you know how to take care of yourself, and so I think we have many years of Leo Messi".

"I like to watch football and I've seen Paulinho playing for Brazil, where he's demonstrated what he is", Suarez was quoted as saying by Express.

Paulinho completed a £40m move from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao following his surprise chat with Messi, and neither party seems to have regretted it just yet. "He didn't let me take the free-kick, but I'm here".

Valverde has introduced the 29-year-old in slow doses, but he has impressed when called upon.

The Canary Islanders are heavy underdogs and have already conceded ten goals this season so Barcelona's deadly frontline must fancy a successful day at the office.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu was initially accused of signing the Brazilian to enhance his own business interest.



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