Raphinha was born on 14 December 1996 in Porto Alegre, Brazil,

where he grew up in Restinga, not far from the city center

His father was a working musician. She had a difficult upbringing

where she described sharing a bedroom with her parents, younger brother

Struggling to pay travel expenses, and begging for food. He is of partial Italian descent.

At the age of seven, he went to Ronaldinho's birthday party because of

His relationship with his father and uncle's player

Since then they have met several times and developed a lasting friendship

Before starting his professional football career, Raphinha participated in

the Virginia Tournament until the age of 18, which he described as a

The local community" below the academy level, including any

The potential player was allowed. To participate Tournament matches are played in

Harsh conditions, with home fans harassing rival team players near

The changing rooms before matches, mud pitches filled with bullets, dust, and sand

scorching heat, and a lack of posts instead of nets. Bibs consist of a shirtless team. ,

He has a long friendship with Bruno Fernandes before joining

The team at Sporting CP. According to Raphinha

Fernandes has been very helpful to him and his football career

Before joining Leeds United, Fernandes told Raphinha

that his style would "fit into the league".