Qatar Stars League side Al-Arabi announced on their official Twitter that the club had signed Brazil international player Rafinha from Paris Saint-Germain.
According to the official statement of Al-Arabi, Rafinha, who will the No. 10 shirt, signed a short-term two-year deal which runs until the summer of 2024.
In addition, according to renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Rafinha had just terminated his contract with Paris Saint-Germain on mutual consent, thus making his move to this Qatari club a free transfer.
Rafinha, 29, was born in São Paulo, Brazil on February 12, 1993. He is 1.74 meters tall and plays as a midfielder. His father Mazinho is a legendary midfielder who won the FIFA World Cup with Brazil in 1984, while his elder brother Thiago, is currently playing as a midfielder for Liverpool and the Spain senior national team. Due to his father’s transfer to Elche in 2001, Rafinha and his brother both followed their father by moving to Spain since then.
Rafinha and his brother joined the La Liga giants Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth academy in 2005, with him only making his first-team debut in 2011 a year after his brother. As a member of the Barça squad, Rafinha won 3 La Liga, 5 Copa Del Rey, 2 Supercopa de España, and the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup once each. Rafinha was loaned out to Real Sociedad twice in 2013 and 2019, respectively, and was also loaned out to Inter Milan in 2018.
In October 2020, Rafinha joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after his Barça contract had expired. Although he had won the Coupe de France with the team, he never truly win over the trusts of former head coach Maurizo Pochettino, thus during the winter transfer window of last year, Rafinha briefly returned to La Liga by joining Real Sociedad on-loan.
Last season, Rafinha made 5 and 21 appearances in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain and Real Sociedad respectively, scoring a combined total of 1 goal and winning the Ligue 1 title with Le Parisien.
At the international level, Rafinha won the gold medal with Brazil in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He was capped twice by Brazil senior national team in September 2015, scoring and assisting once each.