Transferred to Barça for nearly 60 million euros, Raphinha was able to receive advice from his idol, Ronaldinho, who knows the Brazilian’s family well.
Barça hit hard during this transfer window. Long before the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, the Catalan club had managed to enlist Raphinha for an amount of around 60 million euros. A possible arrival in particular thanks to … Ronaldinho, as reported by Sport . The Brazilian has played a major role advising the striker and his family, whom he has known for over 30 years. The 2005 Ballon d’Or sponsored the music group Samba Tri, in which Rafael, Raphinha’s father, plays.
“Ronnie” has followed the former Leeds player’s rising career closely, as if he were his godson. When he was first called up to the national team last season, Ronaldinho sent him a message congratulating him and wishing him every success in the Brazilian jersey. Ronaldinho also told Raphinha that a chance like Barca’s only comes once in a career.
Barça very active in the transfer window
The former Leeds player (25) therefore joined the Catalan team with Robert Lewandowski , Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen. The international with nine selections with the Seleçao (3 goals) was still under contract until 2024 with Leeds. Last season, he scored 11 goals and provided three assists (in all competitions), despite the difficulties of the English club, which narrowly remained in the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa’s Peacocks had paid nearly 20 million euros to bring him from Stade Rennais in October 2020. The Breton team will also receive a percentage on his transfer to Barça.