'More important' - Ex-Leeds United star Raphinha on rejecting Chelsea for Barcelona and values
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Raphinha, though, held out for a move for Barcelona which was eventually sealed in July for a fee in the region of £50m, with significant add-ons to boost the total to around £55m.
"Rejecting an offer from Chelsea? Yes, because my dream was to wear the Barca shirt," said Raphinha to La Vanguardia.
"I followed them since I was young, since Ronaldinho arrived. I wanted to be a part of it.
"The desire was stronger than any other proposal, no matter how powerful it was financially.
"I knew that I might have some difficulties to come and to be registered. But I was also aware of the effort the club was making.
"So I decided to trust and adapt to the economic conditions that existed.
"I was born in La Restinga, a very poor neighbourhood in Porto Alegre. I had a very poor childhood, so to speak.
"But my family taught me that humility and values are much more important than material things and that has saved me on many occasions."