Paulinho suffered from abuse from the stands whilst in Poland.
Tottenham Hotspur spent what was a club record £17m on Brazil midfielder Paulinho this summer and it became the player’s second spell in Europe.
The 25-year-old moved to Lithuania as a teenager and then went onto feature in Poland, but has admitted the racial abuse the South American suffered during that time almost made the Brazilian quit football altogether.
“I suffered from racial abuse,” Paulinho was quoted by ITV.
“In two particular games when I went out to play the fans were making monkey noises and throwing coins at me and I just thought, ‘I don’t need to tolerate this’, so I made the decision to move on.
“I lost hope, I lost confidence, I was basically stuck – and when you are in that position that’s when sadness comes.
“I did think about leaving football behind.”
It has been a happier time for the midfield ace this time around in Europe, having made a positive impression for Tottenham since switching from Corinthians.
Paulinho has started both of the club’s Premier League matches this campaign, which Spurs have won and the Brazil international also opened up his goalscoring account with a mid-week strike against Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League qualifiers.
The midfielder has also become a regular for the national team and to date has earned 18 caps and scored five goals, which included being instrumental in the country’s triumph in the Confederations Cup.
There is likely to be more expectation on Paulinho in 2013/14 when Gareth Bale makes the expected world record transfer to Real Madrid.
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