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Barcelona youngster Rafinha would love to face brother Thiago with Brazil

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Barcelona’s young attacking midfielder Rafinha has revealed how he would love to face his older brother, Thiago, on the international stage one day.

Rafinha, 19, who is currently playing for Barcelona B, has decided to pledge his international allegiance to Brazil, whereas his brother Thiago, who is already a key part of the Barcelona first team squad, has chosen to play for Spain and has already won 3 caps.

The forward, who was born in São Paulo, admitted that it would be difficult for the pair’s father Mazinho, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, to choose who to support if they were to come face-to-face on the pitch. 

"I do not know who my father will support," Rafinha told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

"It will not be pretty, but now I'm not thinking about it. He [Thiago] decided to play for Spain and I am with Brazil. We have to wait.

"The feeling of playing with Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Lionel] Messi, [Carles] Puyol and everyone else is amazing.

"The realization of that dream was wonderful. Notwithstanding the nervousness, I think I did a good job. This Barca will be considered the best ever. It is a fantastic group to play with."

Source: Mundo Deportivo


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