Paulinho has stated the driving force behind his solid start at Barcelona, is not because he is trying to prove his critics wrong.
The midfielder scored his second goal for the club in the 6-1 thumping of Eibar and says proving his worth to the club and Valverde motivated him.
Paulinho was acquired by Valverde from Guangzhou Evergrande for €40 million, and critics questioned what the former Tottenham man could do for the club.
“I did not have to prove anything to people who doubted me, just to my team-mates and to Barcelona,” he said.
“The best thing is to do it on the field, with victories, with goals. But more than the goals is winning matches.
“I am happy for the affection of the fans, that they are happy with me.”