Many are forgetting what a hole the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was in. He has come out of this deal in as a good a position as anyone.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has received huge praise for his role in selling Paulinho to Guangzhou Evergrande for a big-money fee this week. Paulinho leaves the north London side for £9.9 million, according to the BBC.
But, funnily enough, the playmaker is as much of a winner here as any Tottenham fan desperate to offload him.
Indeed, for those criticising the midfielder's choice of career move, what other player (Radamel Falcao aside!) so far down the pecking order of his club has left to join the league champions, earn huge money and play for a manager that will always place his faith in you?
By moving to Guangzhou, Paulinho has secured himself first-team football under a coach in Luiz Felipe Scolari who knows him extremely well.
When the 26-year-old was lambasted for his form at Tottenham, it didn't look as though he could ever break into a Premier League side. So why bother signing for another one?
While Levy has indeed pulled off a great deal (with Scolari's help...) and Spurs will benefit hugely from offloading Paulinho's wages, the Brazilian himself is the biggest winner in all of this. It's been a magician's escape.