‘Start Raphinha!’: Brazil fans rave about Leeds winger’s latest display
Leeds United fans may have mixed opinions after Raphinha made a sensational start to his international career, becoming a new darling of the Brazilian media after two eye-catching performances for the Selecao.
On the one hand, Leeds fans can have pride that one of their star players is good enough to shine on the world stage – just like their very own Kalvin Phillips for England.
On the other hand, it looks increasingly as though Raphinha may well have ambitions of playing his club football at the very highest level, given how well he’s performing. Shining for Brazil just sees his stock rise further and a Champions League club – or, shock horror, newly-minted Newcastle United – may come in for him in the not too distant future.
Having made a stunning debut off the bench against Venezuela last week, the winger was just as lively, dynamic and confident in his second appearance.
He was unable to help Brazil break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw with Colombia, but his performance made another splash, with one wonderfully skilful run in particular catching the eye.
Brazilian fans and pundits seem to have fallen in love with Raphinha, with widespread calls for him to be given a first start for his country against Uruguay on Friday. Here’s a selection of the best responses.
Raphinha vs. Colombia:
84.6% pass accuracy
29 mins played
11/13 succ. passes
3 duels won
2/3 succ. take-ons
1 shot on-target
1 big chance created
1 tackle won
1 ball recovery
Terrific showing off the bench on his second cap. 🇧🇷🔥pic.twitter.com/lmnzEoZ7gv
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) October 11, 2021
— 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹 🇧🇷 (@BrasilEdition) October 10, 2021
Thiago Silva on Raphinha:
“The boys showed a quality that I have hardly seen in more than ten years with the Brazilian national team [of newcomers]. It’s really cool to see Raphinha and Antony showing personality."#lufc #mot #alaw 🟡🔵⚪️🇧🇷
— leedsunited_news (@leeds_utd_news) October 11, 2021
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 11, 2021
Raphinha absolutely stole the show in the 2nd half. What a footballer. I can’t believe we saw Everton being called up over him to the last Copa América.
— 𝗡𝗲𝘆𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲 (@Neymoleque) October 10, 2021
“What a game from Raphinha! He needs to be in the starting lineup in the next round [of qualifiers], eh, Tite…”
Que partida do Raphinha! 🔥
Tem que seguir no time titular já na próxima rodada hein, Tite… pic.twitter.com/UoRJBcZzKX
— TNT Sports Brasil (@TNTSportsBR) October 10, 2021
“I think Raphinha deserves to start for the Selecao against Uruguay and it’s already clear that Antony has also made himself an important player in this [World Cup] cycle.’ Two creative, skilful players that increase the offensive capacity of the team. Brazil needs a team in addition to Neymar.”
Eu acho que o Raphinha merece ser titular da Seleção contra o Uruguai já e está claro que o Antony também se coloca como uma peça importante no ciclo. Dois jogadores criativos, habilidosos e que elevam a capacidade ofensiva da equipe. O Brasil precisa de um time além do Neymar.
— Fernando Campos (@FCamposoficial) October 10, 2021
“Raphinha did very well off the bench once again.”
Raphinha entrou muito bem, mais uma vez.
— Raisa Simplicio (@simpraisa) October 10, 2021
“If Leeds are smart, they’ll release Raphinha for any Brazil game and then sell for him a truckload of money.”
Se o Leeds for esperto vai liberar o Raphinha pra qualquer jogo da Seleção e depois vender por um caminhão de dinheiro
— DISTRIBUIDOR e GERADOR DE MEMES (@matheuslaneri) October 10, 2021