Birth Date:10 June 1999
Birth Place:Almada Setúbal
At AC Milan since:2019
Rafael Alexandre da Conceição Leão was born in Almada, Portugal, to Angolan parents on 10 June 1999. Rafael began his career at Sporting Lisbon and would go on to make his league and European debuts at a young age. In October 2017, he scored on his debut in the Portuguese Cup. On 11 February 2018, he made his debut in the Primeira Liga and he featured in the Europa League for the first time on 22 February 2018.
He moved to LOSC Lille in the summer of 2018, where he went on to score eight goals in 26 appearances during his first season for the club. This earned him a call from AC Milan and after representing Portugal in the U20 World Cup, he signed for the Rossoneri.
His first two seasons for the Rossoneri have seen him bag 13 goals in 73 appearances in all competitions, including a historic moment: His opening goal against Sassuolo on 20 December 2020 was the fastest goal in the history of the top five European leagues, scored after just 6.76 seconds. The 2020/21 season ended for him with his Portugal side reaching the final of the Under-21 European Championship.