Raphinha the game-changing forward in LaLiga in 2023
With four goals and two assists, the Brazilian is the player to earn most points for his team so far this calendar year
It's no secret that Raphinha is playing a major role in recent games. The Brazilian forward is currently in his best form in a Barça jersey. His goals against Valencia (1-0) and Athletic Club (0-1) both proved vital for earning the three points, and the winger is proving to be a game-changing forward for the team in the league this calendar year.
The Brazilian forward is making the difference in 2023. He has proved vital during the recent run of victories in the league that has Barça nine points clear as it stands. He has four goals and two assists since the turn of the year.
The four goals in LaLiga this year helped to earn an extra six points, and his total of six goals since the start of the season helped to earn eight points.
His influence goes beyond goals, though, as he has been involved in six goals this year, contributing towards eight points. From the start of the season, his 10 involvements have contributed to 12 points for Xavi Hernández' side.
Raphinha's stats stand out among his teammates. His nine assists is a team high, and his goal in the 0-1 win against Athletic Club made him the second highest goalscorer in the squad with nine, only bettered by striker Lewandowski with 25.
So, the Brazilian forward is in a real purple patch of attacking form - even more so when playing away from home. Six of his nine goals this season have come away from home, with three scored at the Spotify Camp Nou.
Raphinha also seems to have the knack of scoring first for Barça, no less than five times so far, with all those occasions ending in wins. In fact, only one of the nine games in which he has scored ended in a defeat, the remaining eight were wins.