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A tribute to Manchester United's departing Rafael

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As Rafael gets ready to leave Manchester United for Turkey, we mourn the sad departure of the most lovable player in the squad.

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Goodbye Rafael
Though I never knew you at all
You had the sense to have a go
While those around you bawled
You put your studs through Lucas
Told Tevez what you thought of him
They replaced you with Valencia
And they went and sold your twin

And it seems to them that you lived your life
Out of position on the wing
Never knowing how to tackle
Always diving in
But I would have liked to tell them
That you never hid
There's more to life than competence
There's playing like you did

Common sense was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Van Gaal demanded discipline
And the bench was where you stayed
Even under Moyes
When the life drained from the team
All the papers had to say
Was that Rafael was a liability

[chorus]

Goodbye Rafael
Though I never knew you at all
You had the heart to have a go
While those around you bawled
Goodbye Rafael
You were always more than you seemed
Something more than sexual
The finest human in the league

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