Rafael Carioca Biography

( 1989 - )
November 27, 2017
First published on:November 27, 2017
by John Max

Facts of Rafael Carioca

Date of Birth: 1989, June 18
Age: 31 years old
Birth Nation: Brazil
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Birth Sign:: gemini

Brazilian famous footballer Rafael Carioca currently plays for Liga MX club “Tigres UANL” as a defensive midfielder. He is a married man and has two baby boy together with his beautiful spouse. 

Early Life

Rafael Carioca was born on 18th June 1989, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Rafael de Souza Pereira. He holds a Brazilian nationality and Carioca belongs to white ethnicity.

Club Career


Rafael Carioca began his football career with “Gremi," a Brazilian football club based in Porto Alegra, Rio Grande do Sul. After captaining the youth side in the Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior, he was promoted to the first team.

Before the beginning of the “2008 Brazilian Serie A,” Carioca became the team’s first choice in the central midfield and created a strong partnership with William Magrao. During the 2008 season, Carioca missed just one league match and received five yellow cards as a defensive midfielder.


He then joined Russian club, “Spartak Moscow” on a five-year contract in December of 2008.


In 2010, Rafael was loaned by “Vasco da Gama” for the 2010 season from Spartak Moscow for one year.

Atletico Mineiro

On 13th of August 2014, Rafael Carioca signed “Atletico Mineiro” on a year-long loan deal. He had a good start in the following season that included an impressive goal against Colo-Colo in the Copa Libertadores and a Campeonato Mineiro win. From 2014-17, Carioca has made total 82 appearances scored one goal.

Tigres UANL

On 23rd of August 2017, Rafael joined “Tigres UANL,” a Mexican football club based in San Nicolas de Los Garza.

International Career

Rafael Carioca entered the Brazil national team in 2007. He captained Under-20 and appeared in the Sendai Cup for the Brazil Under-18 national team.

On 22nd of August 2016, he received his first international call-up for the senior team of the Brazil, for matches against Ecuador and Colombia.

Personal Life

Twenty-eight-years footballer, Carioca is a married man. Together with his spouse, he has two children and both of boys. He often posts photos of his adorable family on his Instagram account. Till the date, there is no news and rumors regarding conflict, separation, divorce, and extramarital affairs in their married relationship.

Net Worth

As of 2017, Rafael Carioca’s market value is €600 million. His exact figure of net worth and salary is not available to the web and is under review; however, his lavish lifestyle indicates that he has a tremendous income. 

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