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OL celebrates Rafael’s birthday in a fun way

OL celebrates Rafael’s birthday in a fun way
OL celebrates Rafael’s birthday in a fun way

Rafael facing Khazri during the OL – Saint-Etienne derby (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP)

On the occasion of Rafael’s 34th birthday, Olympique Lyonnais published on its social networks one of the most notable actions of its former right-back during his time at the club.

This July 9, 2024, Rafael celebrates its 34th birthday. On this occasion, the official OL account released a humorous video on X (ex-Twitter) or Instagram. Indeed, this passage shows a red card that the Brazilian received during his time in Lyon. It was on November 23, 2018, against Saint-Étienne. That evening, he and his partners won 1-0 in Décines. Jason Denayer (Al-Fateh) had given his team the victory thanks to a header on a Memphis corner Depay (free). The only goal of the match came in the 62nd minute, nine minutes before the right-back was sent off. The native of Petrópolis (Brazil) was sanctioned following an uncontrolled tackle, with both feet off the ground, on a Saint-Etienne player.

This gesture has remained in the memory of the fans, as has the reaction of the footballer, who seemed not to understand the referee’s decision. This is also why the post is accompanied by the following sentence: “Do you still think Rafa wasn’t at fault? “. Please note that the derby will return on the weekends of November 10, 2024 and April 20, 2025.

After leaving the Rhône in 2020, Rafael played one season at Istanbul Basaksehir before returning to his native country. Since 2021, the former Manchester United wears the colours of a club that John Weaver knows well. Indeed, the Brazilian international plays at Botafogo. The number 2 has even seen his team promoted to Serie A. However, the 34-year-old has suffered a series of injuries since his arrival, particularly to his knees. This year, the right-hander has played only 9 games for 484 minutes with Fogo. For the record, he and his sidekick Marshall advised to Adryelson to join theOlympic Lyon before his transfer.

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