FC Barcelona fans appear just as excited about their team’s acquisition of Philippe Coutinho as he is to be there.
The club presented Brazilian midfielder to fans Monday at Nou Camp after he completed his transfer from Liverpool FC. More than 7,400 fans braved the cold and some skipped work to attend Coutinho’s official unveiling, according to the club’s in-house television channel.
They greeted the 25-year-old with a rousing ovation as he made his first entrance in Barcelona’s stadium as one of its players.
Coutinho also performed the obligatory juggling act, which is customary for new Barcelona players.
The five-and-a-half-year contract Coutinho signed with Barcelona will expire in 2023. Here’s the moment Coutinho and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu signed the contract.
Barcelona reportedly paid Liverpool £146 million ($197 million) to sign Coutinho. The fee represents a record for a Britain-based player, is Barcelona’s most expensive signing and is world soccer’s second-most expensive transfer in history, behind Neymar’s €222 million (£197.3 million/$257 million) switch from Barcelona to PSG.
No wonder why Barcelona fans are so thrilled to have him.
Thumbnail photo via LiverpoolFC.com
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