Rafael Augusto is a Brazilian player who played for Chennai FC and Bangalore FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) for six years, played 71 matches and won two ISL titles. The player who played a key role in Marina Machans’ advancement in the ISL is currently playing for Bangladesh club Dhaka Abhani.
From an interview with the ISL Media Team about his ISL memories and future career
What was your experience of being part of the team when you became the ISL champions of Chennai FC twice in 2015 and 2018?
- It was an amazing experience for me and I think I can say that both days were one of the most important days of my life.
Your first goal in the ISL was against ATK Mohan Bagan in Kolkata. Do you remember that goal? How was that situation in the galleries?
- Yes! Of course, I remember! An unforgettable day! It was 2015, the year we became champions, and I remember that moment when I came face to face with the ball goalkeeper I got in a misunderstanding with the defenders.
In the 2017-18 Hero ISL Final, you scored a goal in the final and became the champion again. Do you think it was the best match you have ever played in the ISL?
- Of course I think this is a very important goal, that day will remain in my heart forever, but I am 100% honest so I believe I played even better in the other match.
Do you want to come back as ISL is the best tournament in recent times?
In ISL, I had some great moments, but now that I have a contract with Dhaka Abhani, I will complete the season with the club. When my contract expires, it will be better to go somewhere with the family
Do you regularly watch ISL, which team did you follow last season ..?
Yes! of course! India and ISL are always in my heart, so I can not miss the league. I watch almost all the games, including my friend Eli Sabia’s games, and we are very close friends.