LaLiga News: Rafinha wants to give Brazil a reason to dance at the World Cup

    Rafinha hopes Brazil will have an excuse to dance in celebration of the World Cup as he joked that Tite’s team has 10 routines rehearsed for goals.

    Brazil are among the favorites for the tournament in Qatar ahead of Thursday’s Group G opener against Serbia as Selecao seek their first World Cup win since 2002.

    Barcelona winger Rafinha was one of many who celebrated in support of Vinicius Junior, who was told in September by a Spanish journalist to stop dancing “to respect his comrades and stop playing monkey”.

    Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Richarlison – all members of Tite’s 26-man squad in the Middle East – were other notable supporters of Brazil teammate Vinicius.

    Rafinha seems like a likely contender for a spot in the starting XI of the five-time world champions, and he’s determined to give Brazil another reason to celebrate in style at the World Cup.

    “Honestly, we already have prepared dances until the 10th goal,” Rafinha said on Monday.

    “We have about 10 dances prepared for each match, one for the first, one for the second, one for the third… If we score more than 10, then we will have to start innovating.”

    Pedro, Anthony and Gabriel Martinelli are other attacking options at Tite’s disposal and Rafinha has no doubt that Brazil will play free football.

    “With Vinicius we gain more speed in attack, and with [Lucas] Paqueta, we have more control in midfield,” added former Leeds United striker Rafinha.

    “But Brazil has a habit of always being aggressive, no matter who is playing.”

    Richarlison, like Rafinha, will make his World Cup debut for Brazil, scoring 17 goals in 38 caps for the Selecao since his debut in 2018.

    The Tottenham striker wants to put on a performance to match the number nine shirt handed to him as he aims to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Ronaldo Nazario.

    “When you wear the number nine jersey for Brazil, all you want to do is score goals,” Richarlison said. “With these teammates, I’m sure the goals will come.”

    Neymar has been criticized for posting a photo with six stars on his shorts, citing Brazil’s hopeful World Cup triumph, but Richarlison has no problem acknowledging Seleção’s hopes.

    “We are dreamers, we are going for this sixth star, no matter what people say,” he added.

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