|Full name||Rafael López Gómez|
|Date of birth||9 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Peñafiel, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Eibar (loan)||19||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
Rafael López Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [rafaˈel ˈlopeð ˈɣomeθ]; born 9 April 1985), commonly known as Rafa, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Valladolid mainly as a central defender.
Rafa was born in Peñafiel, Valladolid, Castile and León. A product of Real Valladolid's youth system, he made his debut with the first team on 8 February 2004 in a 0–2 away defeat against RCD Espanyol, but only managed, however, six appearances with the main squad in his first two professional seasons combined.
In 2009–10, benefitting from consecutive injuries to Mario, Rafa was mostly first-choice. With 27 games and two goals from the player, the Madrid team finished sixth and qualified to the UEFA Europa League for the second time in their history.
On 1 September 2014, the last open day of the transfer window, Rafa transferred to newly promoted German Bundesliga club SC Paderborn 07, signing a two-year contract. He made his league debut on 22 November, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Borussia Dortmund.
On 13 July 2016, Rafa returned to his first club Valladolid after agreeing to a three-year deal.
- Getafe get hold of Rafa; UEFA.com, 3 July 2008
- Rafa: "Me está costando jugar como lateral" (Rafa: "I am having a hard time playing as fullback"); Diario AS, 22 August 2008 (in Spanish)
- Víctor confirma que Rafa será el "anti Messi" y que Stojkovic jugará (Víctor confirms that Rafa will be the "anti Messi" and Stojkovic will play); Diario AS, 15 April 2009 (in Spanish)
- "Getafe secure Europa League spot". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "Paderborn verstärkt sich mit Rafa Lopez" [Paderborn strengthens with Rafa Lopez] (in German). Deutsche Fußball Liga. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Saglik beglückt SCP mit einem gefühlten Sieg" [Saglik leaves SCP feeling they have won] (in German). kicker. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "Rafa, más blanquivioleta que nunca" [Rafa, more violet-and-white than ever] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.