from Salvatore Riggio

The AC Milan striker gave an interview to Outpomp in which he touched on various topics: from his father “who didn’t know how to pay for train tickets” to music with Fiorentina’s Ikoné

The love for football, the passion for Milan, the championship won as a protagonist. But the life of Rafael Leao it is not only linked to the world of football. It was told in the interview given to Outpump, a magazine founded in 2016 that mainly deals with fashion and music. The Rossoneri winger took his first steps from Almada, Setúbal district, where he was born and raised: «Where I come from everyone seems invisible. Here no one looks at you and no one wants to look at you. Through football, music and fashion, I want to show all the children in my neighborhood and similar neighborhoods that they can do it, regardless of their origins. One thing is crucial, though: never forget where you come from“.

Because if today Rafael Leao’s life seems perfect, with goals, assists, smiles, dances and a stadium that praises him with every touch of the ball, it is also true that there have been difficult moments, which have nothing to do with it. do with sport and today’s triumphs: “I think about traveling with my father on the train. I was little and we didn’t know how to pay for the tickets to get to camp

or. I think of him reflecting every night, before going to sleep, looking for a way to bring money and food home. Football was my dream, my family managed to give me the tools to make it happen. She has always been close to me ».

Rafael Leao started from the bottom, like so many champions around the world. Following his passions. Above all, after football, the music. Passion born in France, at the time of Lille: “Ikoné introduced me to French rap. Those songs helped me learn a new language, then the passion increased and so I decided to writerecord and publish my tracks.
Inside the Milan changing roomsin the weeks following the release of my album, you only listened to my music, so much so that some of my companions have made fun of me. Without malice eh, but to support me. In Milan I had the opportunity to get in direct contact and forge links with many artists: Lazza, Capo Plaza and Sferamostly. I’d like to be able to feature with them. Models? Basically I listen to everything and everyone, I happen to play Ed Sheeran’s songs too ».

Rafael Leao took Milan, leading them to the Scudetto after 11 years of waiting, when the team at the time coached by Massimiliano Allegri triumphed in 2011. A journey that began in 2019: «The first two years were difficult. In France, life was different. When you get to such a team, you know you have to be a winner. You feel it, you live it. However, after a transition process, I became another person and another player. My family, Pioli e Ibrahimovic. I keep him close to me every day. He is an example. He taught me the importance of asking and staying focused. We always talk. Not as professionals or colleagues, but as men. Now I want to be a protagonist and become a starter in Portugal. And if there is a chance to win, well, then it will be very nice ».

Finally, the love for fashion, as can be seen from her Instagram profile. So much so that Rafael Leao also has a fashion brand called «Son is Son: «You can get out of your neighborhood, but your neighborhood won’t get out of you. It was my father who got me hooked on fashion. When I had to go out, he stopped me in front of the mirror to check me out. My mother was a hairdresser, but he was the one who cut my hair. As a child I wore them long, then one day at school they gave me a “little girl” and then he cut them for me. Creating a brand was my dream. In Italy I am lucky enough to participate in fashion weeks as well. Football, music and fashion have many ties, I want to pursue my passions ». Between music and fashion, he cultivates two other dreams: the
World with Portugal and the second star with AC Milan. Which has the duty to secure it, given the contract expiring in 2024.

September 21, 2022 (change September 21, 2022 | 21:57)

Leao-Milan, the origins, the family: “Where I come from everyone seems invisible”