Natalia Rodrigues is a Brazilian beauty who is known as the wife of a Brazilian footballer, Raphinha, who plays for La Liga club Barcelona and the national team of Brazil.
How Did They Meet?
Natalia and Raphinha have known each other since they were teenagers. They met for the first time in 2013.
They were friends for a very long time, and after that, their friendship turned into a romantic relationship.
After dating for many years, Raphinha finally popped a question and proposed to her.
They tied the knot in 2022. Their wedding was a very private affair.
Natalia is currently 23 years old. She celebrates her birthday in January.
Her husband Raphinha's net worth is estimated to be $9 million.
Was Threatened With Death By A Mob
Raphinha shared an incident where he got threatened by a mob in the dressing room.
He said they came to the dressing room before the game started and started shouting at him.
They said they would kill him if they won the match that day.
They threatened him that he wouldn’t be able to come out alive if he didn’t follow what they had asked him to do.
He was under huge pressure. Despite that frightening situation, he managed to get himself up.
He was about to play one of the biggest Europe finals in front of 90000 people. Luckily the mob never did what they said to him at that time.
Raphinha Has Two Icons
He grew up admiring Brazilian footballer Thierry Henry.
He said he used to watch him play the Premier League with his father on the free-to-air channels.
He loved everything about Thierry. He said it was a crazy moment for him when he saw him running and finishing the game.
Ronaldinho was one of his biggest idols. He even got an opportunity to meet his idol in person when he was young.
His father and uncle knew Ronaldinho as he was born in the same community where he grew up.
His father was a musician and used to perform for a band.
When his dad was performing, Ronaldinho was there, and he even took him into his arms and walked around with him.
He was meeting his idol in real, and he didn’t know how to react.
He said that he was much more grounded as a person even though he was such a huge star at that time.
After that, he met him many times. They even became good friends.
Raphinha once dedicated his goal to Ronaldinho's mother, who passed away.
After scoring a goal, he lifted his t-shirt and wrote a message to his idol and his family.
He showed heart-touching gestures to his idol and sent that shirt to him.
Thought That He Would Lose His Leg
He suffered from a bad foul in one of the games by Fernandinho while playing against Manchester City in 2021.
He thought that he would be playing after taking some rest, but his injury became worse.
When he reached home, his leg was swollen and twice as big as his other leg.
His blood pressure dropped. He couldn’t bear the pain, and he was given Anesthesia.
He had a hematoma, so the doctor asked him to do surgery. He has to visit the hospital four times.
His injury was so bad that he thought he would lose his leg.
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