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 By Tom Sweetman

Brazil's top Premier League scorers: Coutinho leads the way. Who follows?

This article has been updated since it was first published on April 5

With his goal against Stoke on Saturday, Philippe Coutinho wrote his name in the Premier League record books. No Brazilian in the division's history has scored more than Liverpool's "little magician," whose equaliser at the bet365 Stadium was his 30th goal in 133 games and took him past Middlesbrough's Juninho.

The Premier League has long been a destination for the silky skills of those hailing from Brazil, but few of them have lit up England's top flight like Coutinho. Not only does he lead the scoring charts ahead of his compatriots, but also his penchant for long-range scorchers -- a surefire trademark of his -- means he has left all others in his wake when it comes to the quality of goals. All in all, he's a class act.

To celebrate Coutinho's achievement, ESPN FC looks at all the Brazilians beneath the Liverpool man who have scored 10 or more goals in the Premier League.

Juninho: 29 goals in 125 games

The Premier League's original Brazilian maestro, Juninho took Middlesbrough by storm and will forever be remembered on Teeside. His first spell might have quite literally ended in tears, with Boro's relegation from the top flight in 1997, but Juninho returned to the Riverside in 2002, fresh from winning the World Cup with Brazil, and went on to guide the club to their first and only major trophy with the League Cup win in 2004. He is a Middlesbrough icon.

Oscar: 21 goals in 131 games

Oscar's time in the Premier League might have come to a disappointing end, being sold by Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for big bucks in the winter after falling out of favour under Antonio Conte, but fans will look back on his time at the club mostly with affection. Often a creative force at the heart of the Chelsea team, Oscar's four-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge brought a Premier League title as well as the Europa League and League Cup.

No Brazilian has scored more goals in the Premier League than Philippe Coutinho.

Roberto Firmino: 19 goals in 59 games

Roberto Firmino might be sitting fourth in this list, but if he keeps up the good work at Liverpool, he's on course to take teammate Coutinho's place at the summit. Any doubts about the forward that might have arisen during his first season at Anfield have quickly been dispelled this term, with his intelligence on and off the ball, his tireless running and his goals pivotal to the way Jurgen Klopp's side play their football.

Willian: 17 goals in 121 games

While all around him were falling apart at Chelsea last season as the defence of their title capitulated, Willian was one of the few bright sparks to at least give fans something to cheer about. He might have had to make do with more time on the bench than he would have liked this season, through bad luck and timing more than anything, but few Chelsea supporters would question his value to the team.

Gilberto Silva: 17 goals in 170 games

Not known for his work in the final third, it perhaps comes as a surprise to see the defensively minded midfielder of Arsenal's "Invincibles," Gilberto Silva, feature so prominently on this list. But a player who always put the team ahead of any personal glory managed to rack up a rather respectable tally during his six years in North London. What's more, only one Brazilian has played more games in Premier League history: Lucas Leiva, with 240. Arsenal could sure do with a player of his ilk today.

Ramires: 17 goals in 159 games

Similarly to Oscar, Ramires was sold by Chelsea to China when he eventually became surplus to requirements at the club, but that was only after he helped them to the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup during his five-and-half years at Stamford Bridge. Fans will remember his lung-busting runs from midfield with fondness, as well as his knack for scoring goals when it often really mattered.

Robinho: 14 goals in 41 games

Robinho might be remembered as Brazil's biggest flop in the Premier League, given the British-record £32.5 million Manchester City splashed out on him in 2008. He certainly didn't meet City's lofty expectations during his ill-fated two years at the club, but he can at least take heart from a very healthy goals-per-game ratio, compared to those of his fellow compatriots in the Premier League.

Robinho will be remembered by Manchester City fans more for his struggles in the Premier League than his goals.

Elano: 14 goals in 62 games

Something of a cult hero at Manchester City, Elano never quite delivered on his promise. Signed in 2007 as a full Brazil international in the days just before City would regularly go about breaking the bank each summer, the playmaker won over supporters quickly with his early performances before losing his way and being sold to Galatasaray in 2009.

Geovanni: 14 goals in 79 games

Former Barcelona man Geovanni spent three seasons in the Premier League with Manchester City and Hull, making more of an impact during his time with the Tigers. He made history by scoring Hull's first Premier League goal and went on to become their top scorer as they avoided the drop that season.

Fernandinho: 11 goals in 123 games

As Manchester City's third Brazilian on the list, Fernandinho's leggy displays have often proved an integral part to the side, which has won a Premier League and two League Cups during his time at the club. Having played across the defence, as well as in midfield this season, his importance to Pep Guardiola is clear for all to see.

Afonso Alves: 10 goals in 42 games

Although Middlesbrough fans might idolise Juninho, the same cannot be said for another of their Brazilian alumni, Afonso Alves. Signed for a club-record fee of £12.7 million from Heerenveen in 2008, Alves was unable to score the goals Middlesbrough needed to avoid relegation in his first full season. A few months later -- after failing to report in time for preseason training -- he was sold off to Al-Sadd in Qatar for nearly half his original fee.

Tom is a freelance sports journalist. Follow him @Tom_Sweetman


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