One of the most exciting talents produced by Brazil for several years, Paulo Henrique Ganso is an elegant playmaker, with a sumptuous left-foot and capable of pulling the strings behind the central striker.
He and team-mate Neymar are both being tipped for stardom but will only achieve worldwide acclaim once they have moved out of the Brazilian league which has been weakened significantly in recent years.
Former Brazil international and Barcelona forward Giovanni first took Ganso to youth club Tuna Luso and at 15 he signed for Paysandu, before moving to Santos with a year.
Ganso’s best form for Santos was in early 2010 when he helped the club to two titles – the relatively weak Campeonato Paulista and Copa do Brasil - but a serious knee injury in August of that year would rule him out for seven months.
His 11 goals in that title winning campaign nonetheless intensified speculation that he would be moving to Europe, with AC Milan among those strongly linked with his signature.
Ganso was handed his international debut by Mano Menezes against the US in August 2010, and his second appearance for the national team came against Venezuela at the 2011 Copa America where he was criticised for a lackluster display.
By his own admission, Ganso rarely hit his stride in what was a disappointing tournament for Brazil, although he did set up both goals in a 2-2 draw with Paraguay.