Raphinha who joined Barcelona from English side Leeds United has misbehaved time and time again, with the Getafe clash being the latest incident. The winger’s series of repeated public outbursts, coupled with inconsistent form, has caused discomfort among the technical staff at FC Barcelona.
The Brazilian was visibly distraught after being subbed off as La Blaugrana were held to a stalemate against Getafe. Striking the bench roof and expressing frustration after playing 87 minutes and being inefficient, has not sat well with coaches and teammates alike according to Mundo Deportivo. Many feel the 26-year-old’s public grievances have gone too far and are borderline shocking.
Attempting to defuse the situation, Barcelone coach Xavi, tactfully replied to media queries regarding the Getafe incident, stating, “I always tell the players to direct their anger first at themselves, then at the coach. I have no issues.” This was definitely a measured approach aimed to reduce further escalation of this matter.
The recurring misconduct by the Brazilian has become a noticeable concern for Barcelona. If this behavior persists, Xavi’s vision of fostering a close-knitted “family” atmosphere at the club will be in vain. The most successful Barcelona teams in history fought for each other, the coach emphasizes. Raphinha’s attitude can become a hurdle for this ethos in the long run.
These incidents date back to the start of 2023, when Raphinha displayed identical outbursts, against Real Madrid, Manchester United, Girona, and Getafe. Despite contributing 9 goals and 9 assists in his first season, questions have emerged about his compatibility with Xavi’s vision for the team. The €58 million transfer was welcomed by Xavi and the player was given preference over Ansu Fati, and Ferran Torres.
The Barcelona number 22 defended his actions at Getafe, “After my last outburst, I vowed to keep my temper in check, but it’s challenging due to my passionate nature on the field and helping the team secure victories. When a goal was needed, frustration comes naturally.” Is it too late to fix the wound? or is there still hope for a turnaround, we’ll find out eventually.