Coutinho outshines Neymar to win Samba d’Or

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has upstaged Neymar by winning the Samba d’Or award for the best Brazilian footballer in Europe in 2016. Coutinho received 32.13 per cent of the votes to finish ahead of Barcelona forward Neymar (27.88 per cent) and Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro (13.35 per cent). Despite an ankle injury that sidelined him for all of December, Coutinho scored 13 goals for Liverpool in 2016.