Former Leeds United winger Raphinha lifted his second major trophy since moving to Barcelona at the weekend.

The Brazilian and his Barca teammates were crowned La Liga champions earlier this month and as such were given the opportunity to celebrate their title at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

It was Barca’s penultimate home game of the season against Real Sociedad – a game in which they actually lost – though it didn’t dampen the spirits too much for the post-match party.

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Particularly in the second half of the season due to Ousmane Dembele’s injury, Raphinha has played a key role in Barca’s first league title since 2019.

In his debut campaign at the club, he has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 33 league appearances, with Robert Lewandowski only having contributed to more.

Raphinha recreates Leeds celebration

When Leeds secured survival on the final day at Brentford last season, Raphinha confused everybody when he crawled the length of the pitch on his knees.

According to reports, this is a South American ritual to repay god for the wish you requested. Earlier in the season, Raphinha vowed to repeat that in the event he won anything at Barcelona.

He said: “The same thing I did with Leeds when we managed to secure survival in the Premier League. I would crawl across the length of the pitch on my knees.”

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Raphinha is one of two Leeds players who left the club last summer to have lifted a domestic league title, with Kalvin Phillips also having done so at Manchester City.

Having those two in the side was what helped Leeds get over the line in terms of survival last season but without them this time around, it is looking bleak.

Neither have been replaced by well enough by the board and that is ultimately why Leeds find themselves in this position.

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