|Full name||Raphael Dias Belloli|
|Date of birth||14 December 1996|
|Place of birth||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2016||Vitória Guimarães B||16||(5)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:00, 8 November 2022 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18:30, 28 November 2022 (UTC)
Raphinha was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil where he grew up in Restinga, a favela far from the city centre. His father was a jobbing musician. He had a difficult upbringing where he describes sharing a bedroom with his parents, younger brother and pets; struggling to pay travel costs and at points having to beg for food. He is of Italian descent.
At the age of seven, he attended Ronaldinho's birthday party due to his father and uncle's relationship with the player. They have met numerous times since and have developed a lasting friendship.
Before starting his professional football career, Raphinha participated in the várzea tournaments until the age of 18, which he describes as "a network of independent matches and tournaments organised by the local community" below academy level in which any prospective player is allowed to participate. The matches in these tournaments are played under harsh conditions, including home fans harassing opponent team players near changing rooms before matches, gunshots, clay pitches with dust and sand, intense heat, posts instead of nets and shirtless teams due to the lack of bibs.
He has a long standing friendship with Bruno Fernandes, starting before they became teammates at Sporting CP. According to Raphinha, Fernandes has been a huge help to him and his footballing career. Before joining Leeds United, Fernandes told Raphinha that his style would "fit the league" (in reference to the Premier League).
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After unsuccessful trials with International and Grêmio, Raphinha started his career playing youth football with Imbituba, where he was later scouted by Avaí. At 18 years old, Raphinha started his career with the Avaí's under-20 team in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 2014. After being injured, he was unable to make the squad but continued to train on his own. Despite growing interest in Raphinha from many of Brazil's top clubs, Avaí kept hold of him until 2016, where he impressed at the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior.
On 2 February 2016, Raphinha signed for Portuguese side Vitória Guimarães, having been scouted at the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior by Deco, who signed him to his agency, D20 Sports, and arranged his transfer to Vitória. He made his debut for the Vimaranenses on 13 March 2016 against Paços de Ferreira. He scored his first goal for the club against C.S. Marítimo on 20 August 2016. He made his first appearance in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League on 14 September 2017 against Red Bull Salzburg. He won the Vitória Guimarães Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2017. He scored 18 goals during 43 games (in all competitions) during the 2017–18 Primeira Liga season for Vitória Guimarães.
In May 2018, he transferred to Portuguese club Sporting CP until 2019. He made his debut on 12 August against Moreirense. He scored his first goal for the club on 20 September 2018 against FK Qarabag in the 2–0 victory in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League. Raphinha was a part of the side that won the 2018–19 Taça de Portugal scoring a penalty in the penalty shootout victory against Porto.
He signed for a good French club Rennes in 2019, with a transfer fee around €21 million, the club's record signing. He scored and gained an assist in his final game for the club during the 2020–21 Ligue 1 fixture against Reims in a 2–2 draw on 4 October 2020. He scored eight goals and gained seven assists during his time at the club, where he helped Rennes to a third place finish and qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League during the 2019–20 Ligue 1 season.
On 5 October 2020, he joined Leeds United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £17 million, or about €20 million. On 19 October 2020, he made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. His full debut was at home to Arsenal on 22 November 2020. On 28 November 2020, Raphinha scored his first Leeds goal in a 1–0 away win over Everton. His winning goal secured Leeds' first ever Premier League win at Goodison Park and their first league win at Everton since 1990. He finished the season with six goals, all from league fixtures.
Raphinha scored his first goal of the season on 21 August 2021, in Leeds' first home game, a low-struck 72nd-minute equaliser from just inside the penalty area, in a 2–2 result against Everton, which was nominated as one of the Premier League's Goals of the Month for August.
Raphinha ended the season as Leeds' top goalscorer with 11 goals, including the first goal of the game in the 2–1 away win against Brentford in the last day of the season, from the penalty spot after being fouled by the Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, confirming Leeds' Premier League status.
On 15 July 2022, Raphinha signed for La Liga club Barcelona on a five-year contract for a reported initial fee of £50m, potentially rising to £55 million in add-ons. On 13 August, he made his debut for the club in 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano in the league. On 3 September, he scored his first Barcelona goal in a 0-3 victory over Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
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On 7 October 2021, Raphinha made his full debut for the national side, coming on as a substitute at half time in a 3–1 comeback win against Venezuela. He assisted two goals and won a penalty in 45 minutes on the pitch, receiving praise from sports pundits and fans.
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|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Vitória Guimarães B||2015–16||LigaPro||16||5||—||—||—||—||16||5|
|Vitória Guimarães||2015–16||Primeira Liga||1||0||—||—||—||—||1||0|
|Sporting CP||2018–19||Primeira Liga||24||4||4||0||4||2||4[a]||1||—||36||7|
|Leeds United||2020–21||Premier League||30||6||1||0||0||0||—||—||31||6|
- As of match played 28 November 2022
- As of match played 27 September 2022
- Brazil score listed first, score column indicates score after each Raphinha goal
|1||14 October 2021||Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil||3||Uruguay||2–0||4–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||1 February 2022||Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil||7||Paraguay||1–0||4–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||27 September 2022||Parc de Princes, Paris, France||11||Tunisia||1–0||5–1||Friendly|
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2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2015–16 Primeira Liga
2016–17 Vitória S.C. season
2017–18 Vitória S.C. season
2018–19 Sporting CP season
2019–20 Sporting CP season
2019–20 Stade Rennais F.C. season
2020–21 Stade Rennais F.C. season
2020–21 Leeds United F.C. season
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- Raphinha at Soccerway
- Raphinha at ForaDeJogo (archived)
- "Raphinha". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
- "Penalties smile on Sporting again as Lions retain Taça da Liga crown". PortuGOAL.net. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- "Brasileiro conquista prêmio inédito de revelação em Portugal" [Brazilian wins unprecedented award for revelation in Portugal] (in Portuguese). Terra. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
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