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SAMBA AWARDS! Coutinho Beats Neymar


Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has won the 2016 Samba Gold award for the best Brazilian player in Europe, beating Neymar and Casemiro to the trophy.

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The attacking midfielder received 32.13 per cent of the vote in a combined poll of journalists, current and ex-professionals and supporters.

Coutinho netted 13 times for Liverpool in a successful calendar year, while also impressing for Brazil’s national team.

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Neymar had to settle for second place this year with 27.88 per cent of the vote, despite winning LaLiga with Barca and guiding Brazil to a first-ever Olympic football gold.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro completed the top three with 13.35 per cent after winning the Champions League and the Club World Cup this year.

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His Madrid team-mate Marcelo came fourth, while Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was fifth.

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