• Philippe Coutinho returned to Barcelona this season
  • He won the Champions League with Bayern Munich last season
  • His current net worth is estimated to be around $60 million

Philippe Coutinho has found his momentum once again in La Liga, helping Barcelona’s campaign with a goal and two assists in four games.

According to Sky Sports, Coutinho is believed to receiving as much as £250,000 ($326,000) per week in salary or €15 million ($17 million) a year, an amount that the Spanish champions had to pay to get him out of Liverpool in 2018. His current net worth is estimated to be around $60 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

His massive weekly pay is often the target of his critics, with some saying the amount was not justified, especially during the pandemic where teams suffered huge financial losses. The pressure to provide the goods has doubled in recent months as teams struggled to trade or sign players due to financial handicap.

The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native was bought using the cash paid by Paris Saint-Germain to get Neymar out of Barcelona. The team tried to replicate the success of MSN (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar), which virtually won every title for Barca during their time.

So far, the Messi-led squad has had mixed results. The management is trying to get back to former glory to appease the disgruntled Messi and the fans who cannot wait for another few years of rebuilding.

Coutinho was loaned last season to Bayern Munich, but his stay was marred by injuries, Sky Sports reported. The German champions had an option to make the deal permanent, but with the midfielder not being able to finish the season in Bundesliga due to injuries, he had no choice but to return to Barcelona. The move did wonders as “The Magician” appears to have rediscovered his groove with the team.

Barcelona is desperate to steady the ship after a controversial offseason almost saw the departure of club main man Messi, who issued a transfer request over the summer. New manager Ronald Koeman implemented changes in the roster, starting with letting go of Suarez.

Fans are hoping Coutinho can provide the spark to the team and give much-needed support to Messi following the striker's move to Atletico Madrid. Newcomer Antoine Greizmann had a less than ideal start in La Liga after failing to provide a goal or assist in Barca’s current campaign.

But teammate and goalkeeper Neto is not worried about his teammates. He said that the experience the Brazilian playmaker gained in Bayern Munich can help Barcelona this season, a report from revealed.

There is still time for Coutinho to prove his worth in Barcelona. As long as he remains focused and healthy, the wait to get back to the top would end sooner rather than later for the Barca hopefuls.

Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho's winner against Manchester City has made Liverpool favorites to land the Premier League title. Reuters