Leeds United fans have fallen in love with Raphinha and it’s not hard to see why if you’ve watched him play this season.
But we’re starting to fall in love with his passion off the pitch – or rather, to the side of it.
Raphinha slumped against the advertising hoardings after the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
If you want a picture of utter desolation, this is it, with Raphinha looking like his whole world has fallen apart.
Raphinha has talent, that much is obvious.
But he obviously cares about what happens on the pitch and he hates losing.
You can see on the pitch how he reacts when he feels that his teammates have let him down.
Leeds fans love it. There’s nothing fans hate more than seeing players lose a game and then sharing jokes with the opposition as they walk off the pitch.
We’re not so sure about Marcelo Bielsa, who might see shades of Pontus Jansson in the post-match sulks.
For him, football is a team game and players are cogs, just part of a bigger system.
But Bielsa recognises world-class talent when he sees it and paid Raphinha one of the biggest compliments possible saying, “I sincerely think that I can add very little to his game. The best thing you can do with players who are so spontaneous is to let them be themselves.”
For a manager who has improved every single Leeds player since he arrived, that’s saying something.
Raphinha has talent, he has passion and he hates it when Leeds lose.
That’s why we love him so much.
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