Social media users have taken to Twitter to poke fun at Philippe Coutinho following an evening which saw Paulinho score again for Barcelona and Liverpool fall at Leicester.
The two Brazilian internationals were targets of Barcelona this summer, with Paulinho making a 40 million Euro switch to the Camp Nou from Guangzhou Evergrande.
Coutinho, however, did not earn his dream move to Catalonia, with Liverpool having stood firm on holding onto their prized possession despite a number of big-money Blaugrana bids.
And this evening has seen the contrasting summer fortunes of the duo highlighted on the pitch.
Barca continued their impressive start to the season by dispatching of minnows Eibar 6-1 at the Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi notched 4 goals, while Paulinho scored for the second game running, with the South American midfielder looking right at home among the multitude of stars at the club.
Coutinho, meanwhile, played the first-half of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City.
The former Inter Milan standout was substituted with the scores level at the interval, but watched on as Jurgen Klopp’s men crumbled during the second 45 minutes to lose 2-0.
Social media users have seen the funny side of this evening’s events, and have taken to Twitter with brilliant effect in the aftermath:
Paulinho scoring bangers with Barca and Messi while Coutinho is losing Mickey Cups to Leicester. Levels
— Julian (@ElaficionadoFC) September 19, 2017
Dybala who, Coutinho who? we have Paulinho!!😂
— Hilman Noor Fadhli (@HilmanFadh) September 19, 2017
Paulinho scoring goals, coutinho hitting row Z 75 shots in a row
— The Hound (@SherzCapone) September 19, 2017
Meanwhile Paulinho is scoring goals for Barca.. And COUTINHO IS STILL AT THE BANTER CLUB
— Martial FC member (@missp000) September 19, 2017
Coutinho getting knocked out of the carabao cup while Paulinho is scoring bullet headers for Barcelona
Barca deffo got the better brazilian
— Lüke (@ClinicalAlexis) September 19, 2017
Paulinho banging goals for Barcelona whilst Coutinho’s getting subbed for Woodburn
— Gav (@OzilForDays) September 19, 2017
Who needs Coutinho. 😳 when you have Paulinho 👋🏻😂👇🏻
— eddie (@whateddie) September 19, 2017
Paulinho – 2 goals
Coutinho – 0 goals
Why spend 150 million when you can get the better player for just 40 million?
— Shihab (@Shihab06) September 19, 2017
Paulinho > Coutinho
— JAGUNMOLU DHARSAW (@dharsaw) September 19, 2017