Chinese Super League

Barcelona-bound Paulinho gifts Mercedes-Benz to Guangzhou Evergrande chauffeur

Senior staff member at Chinese Super League club hails generosity and kindness of departing Brazilian midfielder

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 2:43pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 3:06pm

Guangzhou Evergrande will be sad to see Paulinho leave for more than one reason.

The 29-year-old left the Chinese Super League club this week after two years to sign for Barcelona in a 40 million (HK$367 million) switch, with a medical expected to be undertaken on Thursday.

After struggling in the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, Paulinho’s star performances on the pitch in China reignited his international career with Brazil as well as earning his move to the Spanish giants.

But it seems his generosity will also be missed at Luiz Felipe Scolari’s table-topping side.

Senior Guangzhou staff member Liang Ke has posted a message thanking Paulinho on his personal Weibo account – claiming the midfielder gifted his Mercedes-Benz car to his driver upon his departure.

“Paulinho never put on any airs,” wrote Liang. “He says hello or thank you to almost everybody and always meets the needs of others.

“He is reluctant to receive any money, instead, he loves giving. For example, he gave his pair of Beats headphones and [Mercedes-Benz] car to his driver.

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“His gesture of goodwill is not determined by his high salary. There are tons of people who are richer than Paulinho, but few are as generous and broad-minded as him.”

Liang also claimed Paulinho secretly wore a ‘FORCA CHAPE’ black armband in tribute to the victims of the tragic plane crash last year involving Brazilian football club Chapecoense – despite his application for wearing the armband being rejected by Chinese football officials.

His love for the people of his homeland did not end there. According to Liang, Paulinho brought a private podiatrist from Brazil with him after joining Evergrande, and paid for his wife and children to come to China when he saw he was struggling to adjust to life away from his family.

“Paulinho paid tuition fees for the podiatrist’s children after helping them enrol in an international school,” claimed Liang.

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“He also paid medical bills before one of the children undergoes a surgical procedure. He even provided plane tickets and five-star accommodation if the podiatrist’s family fancy travelling to watch his away games.

“Have you ever met another employer as good as Paulinho?”