Pele says Coutinho's profile is growing in Brazil.
He said: "Coutinho is the player who everybody in Brazil two or three years ago was disappointed because he was not in the team (for the Brazil World Cup).
"Some people joked that Brazil didn't win because they didn't have Coutinho in the team. He was one of the well-known players.
"Of course we have a lot of players in Europe but to me Coutinho was one of the best players who was supposed to be in the national team."