Rafael Alexandre da Conceiço Leao, who was born on June 10, 1999, is a striker for the Portugal national team and Serie A club AC Milan. His Portuguese name is Rafael Alexandre da Conceiço Leo. Leo, a graduate of Sporting CP’s development system, made his first-team debut in 2018 and went on to win the 2017–18 Taça da Liga. However, after an incident within the club, he voluntarily terminated his contract. He soon signed on as a free agent with Lille in Ligue 1.
He joined AC Milan in 2019 for an alleged sum of €35 million. He assisted the squad in winning the 2021–22 Serie A, ending the club’s 11–year title drought, in his third season with the organization. He was also chosen as the Most Valuable Player in Serie A. Leo was a member of the under-17 squad that won the 2016 European Championship and has represented Portugal at several junior levels. In 2021, he made his senior international debut.
Rafael Leao Bio/Wiki
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- Leo, whose parents are from Angola and who was born in Almada, Setubal District, joined Sporting CP’s youth program at the age of 9 following a brief stay in Amora.
- He made his senior debut on May 21, 2017, while still a youngster, playing for the reserves, scoring in a 1-1 away tie against Braga B.
- Leo made his league debut on February 11, 2018, with the first team, thanks to manager Jorge Jesus, taking Bryan Ruiz’s place for the final 21 minutes of the 2-0 victory over Feirense at home.
- In a 2-1 loss to Porto on the road on March 2, he equalized for the visitors shortly after entering the game in place of an injured Seydou Doumbia.
- In the process, he became the club’s youngest-ever scorer against that team.
- Leo unilaterally ended his relationship with the Lees on June 14, 2018, alleging an attack on players and staff during practice by supporters.
- Leo signed a five-year contract and joined French club Lille on a free transfer on August 8, 2018.
- Later on, Sporting CP would contest Lille’s agreement to sign the player, calling the move “unacceptable,” filing a grievance with FIFA and demanding the €45 million of his release clause. Lille had agreed to pay Sporting CP for the player.
- At the start of September 2018, Leo sought to end his relationship with the team as the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) refused to accept his move because of penalties imposed by the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG) as a result of Lille’s financial struggles.
- The DNCG certified all outstanding contracts at Lille, including Leo’s contract, after being persuaded by his representation to remain there.
- In a 3-0 home victory over Marseille on September 30, 2018, Leo made his professional debut, coming on for Loc Rémy in the 78th minute.
- In only his second appearance, he not only played the full 67 minutes but also assisted the hosts in defeating Caen by a score of 1-0.
- In a 4-0 home victory against Nice on February 1, 2019, he scored his sixth goal of the year and provided Nicolas Pépé with his first club assist.
- Leo scored a total of eight goals in 26 competitive games while playing for Lille under Christophe Galtier.
- Leo played on teams alongside fellow countrymen José Fonte, Rui Fonte, Edgar Ié, and Xeka.
2019–21: Adaptation to Italy
- Leo committed to a five-year deal with AC Milan on August 1 for €35 million with a 20% sell-on clause.
- On August 25, he made his Serie A debut, taking Samu Castillejo’s place in the 75th minute of a 1-0 loss to Udinese on the road.
- On September 29, Leo scored his first club goal as a late consolation in a 1-3 home defeat to Fiorentina.
- Leo was ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to pay Sporting CP €16.5 million for his solitary contract violation on March 19, 2020.
- Leo scored a goal against league-leading Juventus on July 7, 2020, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 victory for Milan.
- He finished the season with six goals in 31 league games for Milan, guiding them to a sixth-place finish and a 10-match winning run.
- Leo scored twice in a 3-0 home win over Spezia at San Siro on October 4, 2020, to kick off the following season.
- He scored his first goal in a European match on October 29 in a 3-0 win against Sparta Prague at home in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
- On December 20 at Sassuolo, he scored in six seconds, the quickest goal in Serie A history and among the top five leagues in Europe. His team won the game 2-1.
2021–22: Serie A champion
- Leo scored the opening goal of the 2021–22 season on August 29, 2021–22 at San Siro, scoring from beyond the box in a 4–1 home victory over Cagliari.
- On September 15, on his UEFA Champions League debut, he assisted Ante Rebi in a 3-2 loss to Liverpool on the road; on September 28, in a 2-1 defeat to Atlético Madrid at home, he scored his first tournament goal.
- Leo broke his previous record for most goals directly involved in a season in the top five leagues in Europe on February 9, 2022, when he started the scoring against Lazio and assisted the second.
- In his 100th game for Milan, he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria four days later, lifting Milan to the top of the league standings.
- He became the second player, after Andriy Shevchenko, to score in Serie A every day of the week when he scored his eighth league goal against Udinese on February 25. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
- On August 27, Leo scored and provided an assist in a 2-0 home victory over Bologna.
- On September 3, in his 100th Serie A appearance, he scored a brace and assisted Olivier Giroud in a 3-1 victory over crosstown rivals Inter in the Derby della Madonnina.
- On September 10, after receiving two bookings for violent conduct (kicking Alex Ferrari in the head while attempting to fend him off), Leo was dismissed for the first.
- Leo competed at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the Portugal under-17 team.
- He participated in five of the six games in this competition, with the exception of the quarterfinal encounter against the Netherlands.
- Leo took the place of Domingos Quina in the final match against Spain in the 79th minute. Portugal went on to win the title for the sixth time after defeating Spain 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in extra time.
- Leo competed in the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship with the under-19s, helping them finish as runners-up after falling to England in the final.
- He participated in all three matches in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland and scored the only goal in a 1-1 tie with South Africa, although his team was eliminated from the group stage.
- Leo earned his first cap for the Portugal under-21 team on November 10, 2017, at the age of just 18, playing 31 minutes in a 1-1 away tie against Romania in the 2019 UEFA European Championship qualifying matches.
- On September 10, 2019, in a 2-0 victory in Belarus for the 2021 European Championship qualification campaign, he scored his first goal at that level.
- Leo competed in the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in March, helping Portugal place second after falling to Germany 1-0 in the championship match.
- Leo was initially called up to the senior team on October 5, 2021, to replace the injured Rafa Silva.
- Four days later, he made his international debut, coming in for Cristiano Ronaldo at halftime in a 3-0 friendly victory over Qatar. He also assisted André Silva’s goal.
Rafael Leao Awards
- Taça da Liga: 2017–18
- Ligue 1 runner-up: 2018–19
- Serie A: 2021–22
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2016
Rafael Leao Net Worth
The range of Rafael Leao’s net worth or income is thought to be between $7 Million. However, his major occupation as a soccer player has brought him a significant amount of wealth.
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Rafael Leao FIFA 22 Stats
In FIFA 22, Rafael Leao has an overall rating of 82 and his potential is also 90.
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He is currently 24 years old (as of 2023).
He is 188 cm tall.
He plays as a forward.
After his transfer to A.C. Milan, his net worth is $7 Million (as of 2023).