Raphael Augusto Santos da Silva commonly known as Raphael Augusto is a professional Brazilian footballer who plays club-football around the world. He mainly plays as a central midfield and occasionally takes over the defensive as well as attacking role in the midfield. He was born on 6th March 1991 in Rio de Janeiro.
The creative player currently plays for Chennaiyin FC in Indian Super League (ISL) and is regarded as one of the best foreign recruits in the league.
The son of a taxi driver and nurse, Augusto started playing football in early age like typical Brazilian. He represented the U-20 side of Brazilian fabled club, Fluminense.
Raphael made his maiden appearance for Fluminense in Campeonato Carioca, an annual football championship of Rio de Janeiro, against Boavista in April 2009. He came in as a 73rd-minute substitution.
Four months later, his Brazilian league debut came against Santos when he took the field as a 57th minute substitution.
Rise to Glory
Raphael tasted his much-awaited success in India as he controlled Chennaiyin’s midfield to help his side to lift the 2015 ISL trophy in his first season in India. In 2016 ISL, he established himself as the top-player.
In the 2017-18 ISL season, the Brazilian played an instrumental role in the midfield to help his side win their second title.
Raphael played in many clubs in different countries. His first stint at Fluminense continued only for two matches in 2009, before joining Boavista on loan for Carioca 1 in 2011 followed by a stint with Brazilian Serie B side Duque de Caxias.
He played three matches for another Brazilian Serie B side, America RN in 2012. He was again sent on loan to Major Soccer League’s side, DC United, in 2012 and played only eight matches in the United States.
In July 2013, he joined Legia Warsaw, helping the Polish giants to win the 2013-14 Ekstraklasa, the top-tier championship. He then spent a season with Brazilian third-tier club, Madureira, before joining Chennaiyin FC in 2015 on loan.
In his two fruitful seasons in India, he appeared in 26 matches with a goal and four assist. In off-season he joined Brazilian fourth-tier outfit, Bangu. As he was retained by Indian side, he came back to India for the ISL 2017 and the Indian side tied him down to a three-year contract that will end in 2019.