Brazil playmaker Paulinho was taken aback by his hat-trick versus Uruguay on Thursday.
The former Tottenham midfielder (Paulinho) said he never dreamed of netting three goals for Brazil after the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying leaders took another step toward Russia 2018.
Hat-trick hero Paulinho was the unlikely inspiration behind Brazil's 4-1 win over Uruguay after scoring three times in Montevideo (Uruguay) on Thursday.
The 28 years old midfielder put Brazil 2-1 up seven minutes into the second half before sealing the country's eighth consecutive victory in stoppage time, after Barcelona star Neymar had got in on the action with a sublime lob.
The Tite side Brazil moved seven points clear atop the standings after snapping Uruguay's 14-game undefeated qualifying streak on home soil.