After losing by 2-0 to Peru on Friday, Brazil is eliminated from the South American U-20 in Argetina.
Make a childhood dream is not always easy. Rafinha Alcantara had this opportunity. He had to make a personal choice that no one else could decide for him. Featured Spain’s under-19, he left the comfort of playing alongside friends who lived throughout adolescence to defend the Brazilian U-20.
Chose perhaps the most difficult way, unlike his brother, Thiago Alcantara, the Spain European champion and Barcelona player, wears the same shirt that his father Mazinho won the World Cup of 1994, but the decision He had to make alone.
- It was one of the few things in life that the only choice was mine. And I’m sure that’s what I want. I always have the help of my family, but in this case it was a personal choice. My father wants the best for us and did not interfere in anything. It was the right choice. One thing I did with heart. When choices are made with the heart, no matter either do poorly or well. What matters is what is right for me.
- From childhood, I dreamed of wearing the shirt of the Brazilian national team, and when I saw that there was a possibility, grabbed her and not let go, even though I was featured of the Spanish team, which has a very good group. My dream was always to the Brazilian national team and I am very happy to bring it about.
- If I had to choose one word for my debut as a starter, it would be “unforgettable.” To me, it’s a childhood dream to wear this shirt and see this dream come true is wonderful.
In Spain, the choice of Rafinha to play for Brazil was not well accepted.
- They were a little upset, which is normal. Any country likes to lose players. But coach supported me later.
Rafinha watches the game from the bench. He was not used in debut.