Raphinha shared news of his move to Barcelona with his stunning wife Taia Rodrigues.
The Brazil ace made the move from Leeds to join the La Liga giants in a deal worth up to £55million. And his model other half took to Instagram to share the news. She rejoiced: “Today is official! Raphael better known as Raphinha, I met you a dreamy boy, full of desires and dreams. Seeing you today accomplishing what we prayed to happen, fills my heart with pride.
“Warrior boy, who doesn't run away from the fight until he wins, fulfils all goals with a lot of passion and commitment. He doesn't get tired of seeking perfection in everything he does until they are met with great success. His focus is surprising and undoubtedly coming from a lot of work.
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“ I see you today in your best version, achieving success with the same principles I knew ten years ago, with the same humility, character, honesty, sweetness and that innocent child smile as always! I am very proud to be your wife, sharing my life with you is very easy, because you are the most beautiful human being I know. Let's keep fighting, always looking for the best! Much success my love… I love you.”
The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to Chelsea and Tottenham but he eventually opted to join the side in Spain. Raphinha joined Leeds from French side Rennes for £17m in 2020 and made 65 Premier League appearances for the Premier League club, scoring 17 goals and providing 12 assist along the way.
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He told Barca TV of his recent move: "It's a dream come true since I was a kid. I'm going to give my best."
His former side Leeds paid tribute to the attacker in a public statement: "We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Raphinha for his effort and contribution whilst at the football club.
"He showed unquestionable commitment and professionalism until the very end of his time at Elland Road and his celebrations at the Brentford Community Stadium will live long in the memory."
Leeds and Barcelona reached an agreement in principle on Wednesday and on Friday he was filmed signing paperwork at his new club. It is thought he will sign a contract that will see him at the Nou Camp for five years.
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