Raphael Dias Belloli (Raphinha) was born on December 14, 1996 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The player arrives at the club in the summer of 2022 from Leeds United.
The Brazilian winger, who trained in the Avaí FC youth academy, debuted at 19 at the same club. His talent and progression helped him leap to European football, and he signed for Vitória Guimaraes of the Primeira Liga. During his first season in the Portuguese team, he alternated appearances both in the quarry and in the first team until he consolidated.
Two years later, in the 2018/19 season, Raphinha signed for Sporting Club de Portugal. In the Lisbon team, the Brazilian became one of the European promises. It was one of the team’s key pieces to winning the double: the League Cup and the Portuguese Cup.
In the summer of 2019, one season later, Raphinha left for Rennes. At that time, he became one of the most expensive signings of the summer and the second most expensive of the French club.
Leeds United acquired Raphinha’s services in the summer of 2020 after his excellent performance. In the English club, the player achieved 17 goals and 10 assists. In addition, he was important in maintaining the category of the English team in the Premier League in the 2021/22 season, with a perfect end to the season.
Raphinha’s official debut with the Brazilian national team was on October 7, 2021, against Venezuela, in a match in which he made two assists.
He is a technical winger with good dribbling and good decision-making. Raphinha has a striking and attractive game that, coupled with his maturity and mentality, makes him a cheerful and useful player. His natural leg is left-handed, although he can play in any attacking position. He has a very good vision of the game and a good ball shot; therefore, he is a good free kick taker.