Rafinha playing for Barcelona B in 2011
|Full name||Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento|
|Date of birth||12 February 1993|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Celta (on loan from Barcelona)|
|2013–||→ Celta (loan)||13||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Rafinha joined FC Barcelona's youth ranks at the age of 13. On 8 January 2011 he made his professional debuts with the B-team, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan dos Santos in the 55th minute of a 1–2 home loss against Girona FC for the second division championship.
Rafinha made his debut with FC Barcelona main squad on 9 November 2011, taking the place of Cesc Fàbregas for the last 15 minutes of a 1–0 away win against CE L'Hospitalet for the season's Copa del Rey. He finished the league campaign with 39 games (35 starts) and eight goals for the reserves.
Rafinha played for Spain at youth level, gaining 14 caps for three different teams. In late 2012, however, he switched allegiance to Brazil, going on to represent the under-20s at the 2013 South American Youth Championship in Argentina.
- Brazil U-20
- As of 13 June 2013
Rafinha's father, Mazinho, was also a footballer and a midfielder, notably winning the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Brazil. His mother, Valéria, played volleyball, whilst his older brother, Thiago – another midfielder – also emerged through Barcelona's youth ranks, going on to represent its first team before leaving for Bayern in the summer of 2013, and the Spanish national team.
- Otro 'Iniestazo' (Another 'Iniestazo'); Marca, 9 November 2011 (Spanish)
- "FC Barcelona agree to extend Rafinha's contract". Barcelona's official website. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "Rafinha, cedido al Celta" [Rafinha, loaned to Celta] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Rafinha to play the U20 South American Championship with Brazil; Barcelona's official website, 30 November 2012
- Transfermarkt player statistics
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
- "Thiago y Jonathan, ADN fútbol" [Thiago and Jonathan, football DNA] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- Primos en el césped (Cousins on the pitch); Marca, 5 December 2012 (Spanish)
- FC Barcelona official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Rafa Alcântara – UEFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile