Raphinha – The new Samba Boy

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Raphinha Dias Belloli, shortly known as Raphinha, is the key man in the Leeds United attacking. He is the winger who Marcelo Bielsa trusts the most. It is always challenging to impress Bielsa. But Raphinha did that very quickly with his scintillating performances. After signing for Leeds United in 2020, he had an outstanding second half in the Premier League. He scored six goals and provided nine assists last season. Many of his involvements were when the team was in crisis. He can adapt to the team in any tight situation without problems. This helped him to be a regular starter for Leeds in the second half of the season. If Raphinha starts a game for Brazil, the odds on football betting will have a significant rise.

We saw a new upcoming talent for Brazil last season. But Brazilian manager Tite was not impressed with his performances. He delayed calling Raphinha to the national team. The fans were eager to see his Samba moves with Brazil. Vinicius Jr. of Real Madrid was the first option for Tite as a backup winger.

After the loss in the Copa America final, Tite was ready to make vital changes in the team. Raphinha was the first choice in the minds of the manager. He was called up in August for the World Cup qualifiers. But didn’t got any chances to play. He still has to wait for his time.
This season, he has scored three goals from seven matches for the club. Looking at this performance, Tite decided to select Raphinha for the next world cup qualifiers, which happened in Europe. He debuted for Brazil in a match where he provided two assists within 45 minutes and won a penalty. A dream debut for him.

Last day he had his third appearance for Brazil. It was a crucial qualifier against Uruguay. For the first time, Tite gave him his first chance to be in the starting XI. He gave a fully-fledged performance and grabbed his first goals for the national team. He was the star of the game with two goals. He was able to sync up with Neymar very well, and this duo was always a headache for the Uruguay defence throughout the game. We can also hope that Raphinha will be an integral part of the team for the World Cup.

Raphinha has already started to get attention, mainly from the Premier League. The clubs are attentive to his situation. Liverpool is the leading club to sign him next season. He was always there on their radar of the Reds. They want to reinforce their attacking with the Brazilian winger. His agent, Deco, has already admitted that there is an interest from Liverpool in him.

Anyway, Leeds will be aware that one day he will leave. So, they might be thinking to get as much money by this transfer.