Leão Rafael

Rafael Alexandre da Conceição Leão is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Portugal national team. Graduating from Sporting CP youth system, Leão made his first-team debut in 2018, winning the 2017–18 Taça da Liga, before unilaterally terminating his contract, following an incident within the club. Shortly after, he joined for Ligue 1 side Lille on a free transfer. AC Milan signed him in 2019 for a reported fee of €23 million. In his third season at the club, he helped the team win the 2021–22 Serie A, which ended the club’s 11-year league title drought. He was also voted Serie A Most Valuable Player. Leão is a former Portugal youth international, representing his country at various youth levels, being part of the under-17 team that won the 2016 European Championship. He made his senior international debut in 2021.

MILAN A.C.


2020-2021


Milan vs Parma


Match Worn Shirt


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This shirt was worn by Rafael Leão during the Serie A game between Milan and Parma which took place in Milan, “Giuseppe Meazza” Stadium, on December 13th 2020. Milan draw 2-2 and at the end of the game Leão swapped his shirt with a Parma player whom we got it from.  Leão joined A.C.Milan on August 1st 2019. Leão signed a five-year contract at A.C. Milan. He made his Serie A debut 24 days later, as a 75th-minute substitute for Samu Castillejo in a 1–0 away defeat Udinese Calcio, and scored his first goal as a late consolation in a 3–1 home loss to ACF Fiorentina on 29 September. On 20 December 2020, Leão scored the fastest goal in Serie A history, scoring away against Sassuolo in the opening six seconds of the match; the match eventually ended 2–1 for Milan.

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On 5 October 2021, Leão was called up to the senior team for the first time, as a replacement for the injured Rafa Silva. Four days later, he made his international debut, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time and providing the assist for André Silva’s goal in a 3–0 friendly defeat of Qatar. Leão drew comparisons to French player Kylian Mbappé, being called the ‘Portuguese Mbappe’. Tiago Fernandes, who worked with him at the Sporting youth academy, told French newspaper L’Équipe that in his opinion the player was better than Cristiano Ronaldo at the same stage. Jesus, who later coached him in the first team, said that he reminded him of former club striker Rui Jordão. Leão’s coach at Milan, Stefano Pioli and Italian manager Fabio Capello, compared him to former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

MILAN A.C.


2021-2022


Napoli vs Milan


Match Worn Shirt


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This shirt was worn by Rafael Leã0 during the Serie A game between Napoli and Milan which took place in Napoli, “Diego Armando Maradona” Stadium, on March 6th 2022. Milan defeated Napoli 1-0 and at the end of the game Leão gave his shirt to a team mate of his whom we got it from. At the start of the 2021–22 season, on 29 August, Leão scored the first goal from a shot outside the box, in a 4–1 home victory against Cagliari at San Siro. On 15 September, on in his UEFA Champions League debut, he provided an assist for Ante Rebić in a 3–2 away defeat to Liverpool; and on 28 September, he scored his first goal in the competition in a 2–1 home loss against Atlético Madrid. On 9 February 2022, Leão opened the score sheet against Lazio and assisted the second goal, being directly involved in 14 goals in the season, surpassing his record during his career in Europe’s the top 5 leagues. Four days later, in his 100th appearance for Milan, he scored the only goal in 1–0 win against Sampdoria, which put Milan in the top of the league table. On 25 February, he scored his eighth league goal of the season against Udinese, in a eventual 1–1 draw, becoming in the process the second player to score in each of the seven days of a week in Serie A with AC Milan, after Andriy Shevchenko. On 1 May, Leão scored the winner in a 1–0 win against Fiorentina, becoming the youngest Portuguese to score at least 10 goals in a single Serie A campaign.[39] Seven days later, Leão’s two assists to Sandro Tonali helped his team come from behind to defeat Hellas Verona 3–1 away from home, allowing his side to overtake rivals Inter at the top of the Serie A table. On 22 May, he provided a hat-trick of assists for the first time in his career as Milan beat Sassuolo 3–0 away from home to win their first Serie A title in eleven years. At the end of the season, Leão was awarded the Serie A MVP award for the 2021–22 season, finishing the campaign with 11 goals and 10 assists.

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The 2021–22 season was the 123rd season in the existence of A.C. Milan and the club’s 88th season (110th overall) in the top flight of Italian football. In addition to the domestic league, Milan participated in this season’s editions of the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League. It marked Milan’s return to Europe’s premier knockout competition for the first time since the 2013–14 season. Milan secured their 19th Italian championship title on the last round of the season, with a club-record tally of 86 points. It was their first league title since the 2010–11 season.