Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho earns lot of accolades last season, and he finally finds his footprint globally. Adding to his accolades, he is awarded Brazilian best player in Europe trophy, Samba Gold award 2016. He beats fellow Brazilian Neymar & Casemiro, who plays for Barcelona & Real Madrid respectively in Spain.
Samba Gold trophy is awarded to a Brazilian footballer who is playing in Europe, and the vote is decided by the panelists of journalists, fellow footballers, and fans. Coutinho wins 32.13% of vote, eclipsing the second place Neymar who got 27.88% vote. Real Madrid defensive midfielder Casemiro earns 13.35% of vote to finish third.
? @Phil_Coutinho has his hands on the Samba Gold award!
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Coutinho had a great past year in 2016; he scored 18 goals for the club & the country. He already had accolades in Liverpool player of the season consecutively in 2014/15 and 2015/16, he only needed a more comprehensive award which can give him global recognition as well. His wish got fulfilled when Sambafoot company presented him Samba Gold trophy in Melwood on Thursday morning.
“It means a lot. I’m very happy to know that this past year I have been recognised by many people. It was an important year for me and I’m very happy to win this award,” Coutinho told Liverpoolfc official site.
Samba Gold Award is awarded since 2008, and only six of the Brazilian players have the honour to receive the prestigious award. Former AC Milan attacking midfielder Kaka won the inaugural award in 2008, Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano earned it in 2009, Inter Milan’s Maico win it in 2010, and then current PSG defender Thiago Silva wins a hattrick of Samba Gold on three consecutive occasions. Neymar grabbed the prestigious award in 2014 & 2015, before handing it over to Liverpool’s Coutinho.