FM 2011 player profile – Paulo Henrique (Ganso)

FM 2011 Central Midfielders

written by Darren Smith

Paulo Henrique (Ganso)

Age – 20 years old

Position – attacking midfield or central midfield

Club – Santos (Brazil)

Nationality – Brazilian

Value – £8.5 million

Price tag – £14 million to 24 million (depends on which FM11 patch you have)

Paulo (Ganso) Henrique’s starting attributes

As always, I started a new game and took the above screenshot of Henrique’s attributes. You will notice the 20 year old has great mental stats already. His flair and creativity show the ability to craft magic, while his off the ball movement and composure show he has the capacity to score as well. Add to this technique of 18, passing of 17, dribbling of 16 and a first touch of 17. Then you’ve got yourself a brilliant playmaker, plus Henrique still has room to grow. Lets see what Arsenal’s scout, Cagigao, thought of the Brazilian wonderkid.

The above scouts rating is with relevance to a talented Arsenal squad. Cagigao is rating Henrique alongside the likes of Febregas. Therefore a current rating of three stars and potential rating of four stars is extremely good. The 20 year old is available for around £24 million if bought using the latest FM patch. However, during my UEC game, Sevilla signed him for £13.5 million in 2011. No matter what the sum, I think Henrique is worth it and probably one of the best midfielder’s in this years game. Below are Henrique’s attributes from 2015, the screenshot is taken from my UEC game.

Henrique becomes the complete player within three years and just keeps getting better. I honestly believe he could become the new Kaka if nurtured and given plenty of game time. The attributes above are great but Henrique has the potential to be even better than this. I tried to sign him in 2015 but couldn’t afford Sevilla’s asking price of £49 million!! Since FM11 was released in November, I always thought Pastore was the best attacking midfielder, but Henrique comes close. I think the advanced playmaker role with attack duty would suit the Brazilian best, but you could also give him a free role in the middle.

Paulo Henrique (Ganso) in real life (taken from Wikipedia)

Henrique signed for Brazilian side Tuna Luso after one Giovanni spotted his rare talent. He then moved on to Santos in 2005, at the age of just 15. Since then the Brazilian playmaker has scored 23 goals in 96 games. Paulo made his senior International debut against USA in 2010 and is touted as the next Kaka in his home nation.

Take a look at the YouTube video below, this just shows how incredible Henrique is. The video lasts little more than two minutes and was made by LumixGoals. Please take a look, I promise you won’t regret it. The 20 year has incredibly quick feet and a keen eye for goal, any doubters should be swayed towards the Brazilian after seeing this. :)

My best buy rating – 10/10

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  • comment avatar fmcrazy March 2, 2011

    Brilliant review, for such high standards at Arsenal to get a potential rating of 4 stars is incredible! Always been a fan of him myself and 10/10 is fully deserved.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 2, 2011

      Thanks buddy, I have been tracking Ganso for ages now and felt like a few peps may not know his full potential. A top class player.

  • comment avatar Laxeyman March 2, 2011

    Wow, he looks like a good player, I hadn’t really heard of him on FM until you did this, I can’t believe I missed such a good player. Unlikely that I’ll be able to sign him for Droylsden, although I’ll certainly try if I ever have enough money :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 2, 2011

      Glad you like him Laxeyman. Ganso is a true talent in real life as well and I was eager to see his stats. Hopefully this will help some managers who play with higher profile clubs. :)

  • comment avatar Timmy March 2, 2011

    Hi,actualy im already heared this man from fm,but im shocked when juventus buy him,i said to my self,juventus was make a failed transfer,then im see his stats i shocked again,but this time different,this player estimated value just 17,5 mill!cheap for world class player :P
    as usually,i give you some player for your next player profile(after lucas of course,thanks for posting him)
    Douglas Costa,Shakhtar,11.75 mil in my game
    Axel Witsel:well known player,but he is cheap just 2-5 mill
    Mikel San Jose:At Bilbao,11,5 mil
    Sebastien Corchia:Le Mans
    Guillermo Burdisso:Rosario Central,on loan at Roma
    Mateo Mussachio:Villarreal,7,5 mil
    Highly recomended:Douglas Costa

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 2, 2011

      Thanks Timmy, Ganso is a must buy if you have the cash. I’ll take a look through those players for next time :)

      • comment avatar Timmy March 3, 2011

        Huh,he don’t play today in Copa Libertadores
        But,Neymar performance was excellent today
        (hope he is your next player profile after Lucas)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

          I don’t think Neymar will be next after Lucas mate. But I’ll get to him eventually. :)

  • comment avatar Sears March 2, 2011

    Never noticed that Ganso gets so talented in the game. Looking forward to the Lucas report, I’ve never really heard of him until looked him up recently. Great post :-)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 2, 2011

      Cheers Sears, Ganso is class and after seeing so many good things about Lucas I decided to dig deeper. He seems full of potential but maybe hasn’t fulfilled it within my game. Though his starting attributes are great for a 17 year old.

  • comment avatar Josh Allen March 3, 2011

    Hi Darren,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and you have done really well. You show us all these amazing youngsters. I must thank you. Unfortunately, he will be out of most club’s price range.
    P.S visit my new blog

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      Hey Josh, thanks for the kind words. I’m just happy to share what I see within the game. Ganso is expensive but well worth the cash if you have it. Otherwise he’s just nice to follow and watch. I’ll take a look at your blog tonight mate. :)

  • comment avatar Dave March 3, 2011

    Huh. I’m in year 2012 and in my game Paulo Henrique is significantly worse in his aerial stats. As in, his header stat is actually lower now than his initial stat in your game. Other than that looks like a great buy.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      Hey Dave, strange how Ganso loses his heading, unless my screenshot is from a newer patch to yours. :)

      • comment avatar Dave March 4, 2011

        That reminds me, I recently signed a great center back with a Fulham squad who is starting alongside Galeano (thanks for that!) named Ryan Shawcross. He has crazy stats and is a monster on headers – this past season he was my teams second leading goal scorer. He cost me about $20 million, not sure what that is in pounds, but he was worth every penny.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith March 4, 2011

          Yeh Shawcross is a very talented Defender in real life and I think fm have converted that well into the game. I always follow his progress in case I can make a cheap cheeky bid :)

  • comment avatar Birdy March 3, 2011

    Hey Darren

    He is awesome just awesome. A nice left peg on him as well. As you know i have him so we can keep track of him and see how he goes. I rate his play style better than Pastore.

    As my choice of a player i could not go past
    Pjanic OL Great player

    And i found this awesome scout his name is Jimmy Hampson, West ham have a look at them both please

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      Cheers Birdy, Ganso is class and I knew how good your signings were when he was on the list with Galeano. Hold onto them and you’ll be unstoppable. :)

  • comment avatar CsAtlantis March 3, 2011

    Great profile Darren, he looks about as good as Pastore, will you be doing a profile on his teammate Neymar?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      Thanks CsAtlantis, I’ll maybe cover Neymar later on…but there’s a list of others to do first :) :)

  • comment avatar Wazz March 3, 2011

    Wow, looks like an awesome and amazing player. Buying. Him. :D Thanks Darren!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      He is brilliant mate, definitely get him if the cash is available. :)

  • comment avatar Atlant March 3, 2011

    Try to scout Belgium talents , for example Kevin De Bryne , Lukaku , Hazard ect

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      I have been keeping an eye on the amazing Lukaku and Hazard. Will maybe feature them after Lucas.

  • comment avatar hammyman March 3, 2011

    hes amazing
    Although I think Coutinho of Inter will have a bigger impact on world football in reality

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2011

      He certainly is Hammyman, it is always tough to predict the potential of a young player. I think Coutinho has the advantage of been at Inter, but who knows how far Ganso can go until he moves to Europe. Both players are very exciting though. :)

  • comment avatar zam March 4, 2011

    Will be on my next list if I manage big club.

    Guys, Please help me to vote my next club.

    Sorry Darren for short ads.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 4, 2011

      Hey Zam, I don’t mind you commenting and advertising your site for stuff like that every now and then. But don’t do it too often mate :) Heading over there now to vote. :)

  • comment avatar Sibo March 6, 2011

    Can I suggest Georginio Wijnaldum?

    He is a very good 19 year old AMC for Feyenoord. But on my game he doesn’t develop very much, he is 21 now. Have you seen him develop into a good player? If so, could you do a profile?

    Thanks Darren.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 6, 2011

      Hey Sibo, I think Wijnaldum just misses the grade for a profile. He never becomes world class in my game. Still a decent buy, he looks full of potential but hasn’t ever reached it for me. Thanks for the recommendation though mate.

  • comment avatar Timmy March 6, 2011

    Hey,Henrique skills was amazing(after seeing his video),he is almost likes famous brazilian player but im forgot who?can you remember who?
    btw little info for the next player profile(lucas)he maybe will play when scotland versus brazil,he is included in the team.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 6, 2011

      Hey Timmy, Henrique is a top notch talent. Very much like Kaka I think. :)

      I won’t be doing any more profiles for a but, just a little too much on right now. But I will commence with Lucas as soon as I get time. :)

  • comment avatar Sears March 9, 2011

    I managed to buy Ganso with Shahktar, and although I’ve only played a few games, he’s been amazing. Well worth the £16mil I parted company with to purchase him :-) Using him as an ‘advanced playmaker’ and in 4 league games he has already notched 4 assists. That Lucas fella from Sao Paulo looks amazing as well, I’m buying him for around 6 mil. Loving these player profiles Darren :-D

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 10, 2011

      Glad the player profile helped Sears. :) Ganso is a real great prospect and your getting the best from him in an advanced playmaker role.

  • comment avatar Gerry June 8, 2011

    great player mate thanks a lot, from where did you download the background?

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