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Philippe Coutinho Became The Fifth Player To Score In Europe's Top Four Leagues

Philippe Coutinho Became The Fifth Player To Score In Europe's Top Four Leagues

Philippe Coutinho made history this weekend when he became only the fifth player to score in the top four leagues in European football.

The Brazilian, who is on loan at Bayern Munich for two years, opened his account for the Bavarians with a penalty in the 4-0 hammering of Cologne at the weekend.

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And in finding the net from the spot in the second half, Coutinho has now scored in the Bundesliga, La Liga, Premier League and Serie A since making the switch to Europe.

He scored three times in Serie A during his time at Inter Milan, then went on to net five on loan at Mauricio Pochettino's Espanyol while on loan.

Coutinho bagged 41 Premier League goals, many of which were wonder strikes, for Liverpool before he took his La Liga tally up to 18 after sealing a £142 million move to Barcelona in 2018.

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He is easily the most high-profile player to achieve the feat of scoring in all of the top leagues but there are four others who have done so.

Obafemi Martins scored all 28 of his Premier League goals for Newcastle after scoring precisely the same number in his time at Inter Milan. He then bagged six goals for Wolfsburg in Germany before ticking off La Liga with seven for La Liga in his last stint in Europe.

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The second African representative on the list, Kevin Prince-Boateng has scored for Hertha Berlin, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, with all three of his Premier League goals coming for Portsmouth.

The 32-year old got 10 for Las Palmas and later drew a blank after his bizarre move to Barcelona. He's now with Fiorentina in Serie A and scored his 16th goal in the league on his Viola debut against Napoli last month. Prior to that, he scored for AC Milan and Sassuolo.

Jonathan de Guzman won the League Cup and found the net nine times for Swansea under Michael Laudrup, having scored six in La Liga for RCD Mallorca.

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He had a brief spell on loan at Napoli where he scored three and added the same during spells with Carpi and Chievo in Serie A, before completing the quartet with another trio for Eintracht Frankfurt.

And last on the list is Bojan Krkic, the wonderkid that failed to fulfil is potential. He got 26 in 104 La Liga appearances, 10 in Serie A with Roma and Milan before 14 for Stoke in the Premier League.

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He scored just once with Mainz in the Bundesliga and now finds himself in the MLS with Montreal Impact.

Topics: Football News, Football, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin Prince-Boateng, Brazil

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