After a stalemate first-half, goals from Patrick Bamford, Stuart Dallas and Raphinha sealed all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Raphinha scored from a direct free-kick 25 yards out with a curling effort leaving Leeds fans in absolute awe and admiration.
Mom for me great display all around , always for the team , goal no more than he deserves excellent #mot
— Andrew Fenton (@Andrew97304424) February 23, 2021
Said weeks ago raphina will be world class and 50/60m player
— lee wallace (@leewall08354567) February 23, 2021
I bet Raphinha can talk to snakes!!!!
— Swinffo (@Swinffo) February 23, 2021
Value now £60m ! Sensational player
— David Roberts (@DCRoberts1964) February 23, 2021
Best player in a Leeds shirt I’ve ever seen
— leedsnewsunited🏆 (@leedsnewsunited) February 23, 2021
He is a joy to watch. Amazing footballer .
— Deborah Frost (@Deborahfrost_) February 23, 2021
The Brazilian joined in the summer transfer window from Rennes for a reported fee of £17m, and he has been one of the shining stars of the season.
He has been involved in 10 goals for Leeds (5 goals, 5 assists) this season, and his signing looks like an absolute steal.
Raphinha could have added more to his tally – in the first half, Oriol Romeu prevented Raphinha from shooting after he had broken away with a superb sliding tackle.
The 24-year-old could have had an assist as well – he had cut inside to play a delightful pass to Diego Llorente but the Spaniard’s effort from close range was saved by Alex McCarthy.
However, it was his curling free-kick in the 84th minute that left everyone drooling over his tremendous quality. He also took his shirt off to reveal a message on his vest top, paying a touching tribute to Ronaldinho’s mother.
The message reads – “Much strength for the Assis Moreira Family. Rest in Peace Dona Miguelina”.
Dona Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos was the name of Ronaldinho’s mother. She died recently from COVID-19.
In other news, Leeds players also paid tribute to Kalvin Phillip’s grandmother who passed away last week.