Philippe Coutinho's nightmare spell at Barcelona has come to an end, for now.
Having waved goodbye to Liverpool in January 2018 for one of the biggest transfer fees in history, Coutinho was being panned in the Spanish media every week just 18 months later.
As a result, there were rumours linking Coutinho with a departure from Camp Nou this summer, with reports suggesting that Arsenal agreed a deal and that the player turned away Tottenham.
In the end, Bayern Munich were the club to roll the dice and while Coutinho was only brought in on loan, they have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of over €100 million.
It suggests that Coutinho will need to play his socks off in order to remain at the Allianz Arena, but that certainly seemed to be his intentions upon being unveiled in Bavaria.
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Coutinho to Bayern Munich
According to Sport, the Brazil midfielder remarked: “In Barcelona, a lot of things did not turn out as we had imagined. But this is now history. I hope to stay here for a long time and win many titles.
"I've earned experience, won titles and learnt a lot, but now I need to focus on Bayern. I didn't have any doubts when the call from Bayern came in."
So, if football fans truly have seen Coutinho in a Barcelona shirt for the final time, just how bad was his spell in Spain or did supporters overreact a little?
Was Coutinho actually that bad?
We're not going to pretend that Coutinho was completely scapegoated and was secretly incredible, but the 27-year-old produced plenty of superb moments for how supposedly terrible he was.
That's certainly the feeling amongst a group of football fans on YouTube, who have been compiling clips of Coutinho in the wake of his move to Bayern.
And one particular compilation, titled: 'Was Barcelona Unfair to Coutinho ? Best Barca Era Skills', has stood out above the rest with 350,000 views and plenty of food for thought. Check it out below:
Not bad for the nightmare those 18 months were painted to be...
The fact that Coutinho scored 21 goals in 75 games from midfield is proof that his time in Catalonia wasn't all that bad and that, if nothing else, he produced sound statistics.
You get the sense that the Brazilian never really got the chance to settle and a third season might have presented the opportunities for him to show the form from his Liverpool days.
However, the fact of the matter is that the cards seemed stacked against him from day one with the pressure of playing alongside Lionel Messi and with that lucrative transfer fee.
It will all come as music to the ears of Niko Kovac and Bayern, who will hope to unlock Coutinho's well-established talent with far greater ease than his former employers.
Who knows, Coutinho could make Barcelona think twice about letting him go permanently.News Now - Sport News