He ran 80 yards and dribbled past three opponents to score a phenomenal goal in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Estoril, but he didn’t celebrate. Rafa frowned and nudged his teammates as they ran towards him, namely Gonçalo Ramos, one of the fastest trying to embrace the striker. And later, at BTV, Rafa fired: “About the goal, I have nothing to say.”
According to our newspaper, the player’s behavior and outburst in the Matchday 27 game of the Championship functioned as a sort of spontaneous response, with a player taking a stand following a sense of revolt he had harbored for some time. .
Rafa understands that after Jorge Jesus was sacked as coach, it ended, as for example also with Pizzi and André Almeida, for being unfairly exposed and named in the public square as one of those responsible of the situation.
He has struggled to internalize the criticism leveled at him for the drop in performance since Nélson Veríssimo took over the team and the national coach’s non-call for this play-off for this year’s world championship has represented another addition to the fire. .
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