After being trolled relentlessly following his shock move from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona, Paulinho let the football do the talking last night and churned in an impressive performance for Brazil.

The former Spurs man, who flopped big-time in the Premier League, was ripped into for his apparent 'kick-up fails' at his unveiling, and a sarcastic highlights package of his Barcelona debut, in which he basically just strolled about and completed a few simple passes after coming on as as substitute, went viral.

But his display last night at international level, where he has been consistently brilliant, in a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador should bring more positivity for Blaugrana supporters.

Check out the following clip:

Credit: SportTV

As seen in the above clip, Paulinho was dazzling just eight minutes into the game, using his power and poise to slalom through a number of challenges and work an opening in the box - flashing the ball across the face of goal.

And his fine outing continued as he was the man who opened the scoring for Tite's troops in the second half, breaking free in the box from a corner and leathering the ball into the roof of the net.

Here's how Twitter reacted to a very encouraging performance from Paulinho, who will be hoping to replicate his heroics at the Nou Camp after his £36 million move.

Philippe Coutinho, miraculously cured from his bad back, came on as a substitute and added a second to take the Selecao to 36 points in the South American rankings.

Will Paulinho prove the doubters wrong at Barcelona?

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Josh Lawless

Writer who specialises in football and wrestling. Listens to S Club 7 a bit more than a 19-year old lad probably should do.

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