New Barcelona signing Raphinha

Barcelona new boy Raphinha has called out El Clasico rivals Real Madrid after scoring his first goal for the club in a friendly against Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.

A swing of the boot at the back post, the ball crawling beneath the goalkeeper’s arms, delirium to follow inside the DRV PNK Stadium in Miami – Barcelona new boy Raphinha had his first goal for his new team in a 6-0 rout of Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, much to the delight of the Blaugrana faithful. Brimming with confidence, the Brazil international stated his happiness at his strike before calling out El Clasico rivals Real Madrid, who they play in their next friendly outing on their tour of the United States of America.

“Very happy to have scored my first goal. It was a good game. I tried to have a good game. I’m very happy and hope to continue it,” he said.

“One always tries to score against anyone, but if it’s in a Derby, even more. The most important thing is the win. But for me, we’re better than Real Madrid.”

Raphinha, despite interest from Chelsea and Arsenal, signed for Barcelona in a 58 million euros deal – plus a further 10 million in add-ons – from Leeds United this summer. The Brazilian had impressed plenty during his two-year stint with the Premier League side, whom he joined from Stade Rennais back in the summer of 2021 for a 17 million pound transfer fee. He scored 17 goals in 67 appearances for the Whites, helping them retain their Premier League status for back-to-back seasons.

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