Rafinha celebrating one of his goals against Deportivo | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Rafinha will forever remember the Barça v Deportivo game on 15 October, 2016. The reason? The first time the Brazilian scored a brace for the blaugranes. The midfielder scored the first two goals for Barça in their win over the Galicians at Camp Nou. The first was a right footed effort in the 21st minute and the second came with Rafinha lying prostrate on the floor in the 36th.

The Barça number 12 has scored two goals in a match before, just not with the blaugranes. He found the net twice as a Barça B player in a 4-0 win over Cartagena in the season 2011/12. The most recent came when he was at Celta during Luis Enrique’s time in Vigo as coach. His double that day came in a 4-3 defeat at Anoeta against Real Sociedad.

Fourth goal in seven games

Rafinha is in top goalscoring form at the start of the 2016/17 league campaign, having scored four goals in just seven games. His previous goals came in the 5-1 win away at Leganés and in the 5-0 win at Sporting Gijón, also away from home. 

Rafinha: Messi is the best in the world

Rafinha talked to the press right after the game and the number 12 highlighted the importance of the first goal in the game. The midfielder also commented on the return to action of Leo Messi. “He had been on three minutes and he scored. He is the best in the world.” On Paco Alcácer he said, “he only needs one to go in because he is a born killer in the box and we have total confidence in him.” 

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