Watch: Barcelona’s Raphinha scores delicious volley on pre-season debut

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FC Barcelona forward Raphinha during the preseason friendly v Inter Miami CF on July 19, 2022 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Raphinha’s move to Barcelona is one of the most talked about of this summer’s transfer market and he’s already started living up to the hype by scoring a deliciously cushioned side-foot volley in his first pre-season game for the club.

Raphinha signed for Leeds in 2020 and quickly impressed in the Premier League, showing off his mouth-watering bag of tricks and drawing the attention of the world’s biggest clubs.

A major transfer was inevitable and there were plenty of sides who wanted the former Rennes and Sporting winger. But Raphinha had his heart set on Barca and, after a drawn-out negotiation, the club made sure he got his wish and theirs.

Raphinha officially joined the Catalan giants for a £50million initial fee on 15 July.

While there has been much discussion around how Barcelona can afford to pay such a sum given their financial pickle, Raphinha is undoubtedly an exciting addition.

And in his very first game in a Blaugrana shirt – a pre-season friendly against MLS outfit Inter Miami – Raphinha gave a little glimpse of what he might do at Camp Nou.

Barcelona ran out very comfortable 6-0 winners at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale and the Brazilian was on hand to bag the second of his side’s six.

Ansu Fati sent a floating cross to the back stick and Raphinha cushioned a delightful, guided volley across the goalkeeper and into the net.

Admittedly, ‘keeper Nick Marsman might feel he could have done a little better, but we’re going to give the credit to Raphinha for having the presence of mind and control to hit the ball first time, catching the Inter shot-stopper off guard.

After the game, Raphinha posted a video on Barca’s official Twitter feed sending a message to his new fans. “Hi, Culers,” he said, “this is Raphinha. I’m very happy to have scored my first goal! See you soon.”


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