“I always felt more Brazilian than Thiago, so I decided to play for Brazil, as my father did. The feeling of wearing that shirt is wonderful. Always been my dream to play for the Brazilian national team” - Rafinha
The young maestro was born on the 12th of February 1993, in São Paulo, Brazil. Joining La Masia, FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy at the age of 13, this was the first step of many in his footballing career. Rafinha could have claimed Spanish nationality like his older brother, Thiago Alcântara, but he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mazinho the 1994 World Cup winner and chose Brazil.