Raphael Dias Belloli, commonly known as Raphinha, was born on 14 December 1996 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is a skilled winger with impressive dribbling ability, decision-making skills, and an attractive playing style. In the summer of 2022, he joined the Club from Leeds United.
Raphinha began his career in the youth system of Avaí FC, making his debut at the age of 19. He signed with Vitòria Guimaraes in the Portuguese Primeria Liga, where he alternated between playing for the youth and first teams in his first season. However, he later secured a starting position due to his talent and progression.
In 2018/19, Raphinha joined Sporting Club de Portugal, where he quickly became one of Europe’s most promising talents. During his time in Lisbon, he played a crucial role in the club’s victories in the Copa de la Liga and Copa de Portugal double.
After the 2018/19 season, Raphinha signed with Rennes, becoming one of the most expensive signings that summer and the second most expensive in the club’s history at the time. He was a key player for Rennes, proving to be the team’s primary threat.
In the summer of 2020, Raphinha signed with Leeds United, where he played for two seasons, scoring 17 goals and assisting in 10. During his second season, he played a crucial role in helping the team avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Raphinha made his official debut for the Brazilian national team on 7 October 2021, contributing two assists in the game against Venezuela. He played in every match for Brazil in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.