Born on 20 September 1992 in the football freak city, Kolkata, Mohammed Rafique is a well known name for football fans in India.
Rafique plays in central midfield and has been a part of Indian national team.
He has also brought laurels while playing for the clubs like Tollygunge Agragami, Prayag United, East Bengal, Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters.
Rafique was born in a typical middle class Indian family and he spent his youth career while playing for the local Kolkata based club Tollygunge Agragami FC.
After a string of eye-catching performances, he was picked by Prayag United club in 2010.
Rafique played 6 senior games in his debut season for Prayag United, scoring once against Chirag United Kerala. The next season didn’t went well for him as he remain goal-less in his all 5 games of the I-League. He made a total of 49 appearances for PU and scored at 4 times.
His contact with the club ended in 2014 and he signed for East Bengal on a 2 year deal. He was loaned out to Atletico de Kolkata for the ISL 2014. He again went back to parent team East Bengal for the 2015 season.
In August 2016, Rafique was loaned again, this time to Kerala Blasters. He made 8 appearances for the team but was unfortunate not to score in any.
Rise to Glory
Rafique broke the headlines when his beautiful strike from the sharp corner bamboozled the keeper in the 90th minute of the final of the inaugural season of the ISL.
After proving his mettle in the domestic circuit, Rafique made his debut for the Indian national football team against Laos on 2 June 2016 for the Asian Cup Qualifiers. He scored his maiden international goal against Laos on 7 June in the 85th minute of the match.
The versatile youngster can fit as a centre forward, winger or attacking midfielder and has the maturity to excel in pressure situations. He has been instrumental in all the clubs he played for, and is taking his stake to become a reliable cemented member of the national team.