Rafa Mir celebrates one of the three goals he scored against Valladolid.R. García / EFE
Although he was in Murcia, at the El Ranero school, the Barça scouts detected his ability to relate to the goal. As for children, Rafa Mir (Murcia; 23 years old) went to La Masia. “The first six months were horrible; every day I told my mother that I wanted to go home, ”says the Huesca striker, Barcelona's rival today (9pm, Movistar LaLiga) at the Camp Nou. But her parents advised her to hold on, that it was a matter of time. And so it was because he scored 32 goals, accompanied by Adama Traoré (now at Wolves) and Sanabria (Torino). Insufficient, however, for Albert Puig, then director of the Barça youth academy. “He called my father and, for no reason, he told him that he was not continuing. Nobody understood it, but I didn't take it badly, it made me strong, ”he argues. A constant in his life, as he was molded to be a professional
Rafa's father, Magín, was a center-back who played for Albacete, Cartagena and Elche, and made his debut with Mallorca in Primera. Capital figure to understand Rafa, because he got him as a very young boy in ElPozo Murcia of futsal, where he was champion of Spain for the youngest with 120 goals. "My father wanted me to take other more specific technical knowledge and then make the leap to football 11," explains Mir. And so he did, even if it didn't turn out too well for him at Barça. After La Masia, he went to Murcia and, already in Cadet A, to Valencia .
"My year of Youth A at Valencia was crazy," says Mir. He started in that category, he was promoted to the subsidiary and later to the first team with the dispute and the gold of the European Under-21, he came to play the Champions League and the Europa League under the guidance of Nuno Espírito Santo, also in LaLiga and in the Cup. with Pako Ayestarán, finally returned to the youth with the arrival of Marcelino .
option “The coach was clear and direct. I was not going to play until my contract was resolved ”, reveals Mir. He did not renew and Valencia helped him little or nothing, as he rejected Madrid, who offered him to play with Castilla and enter the dynamics of the first team. Rafa chose Wolverhampton , who have yielded him three times: Las Palmas, Nottingham Forest and Huesca. The Huesca team owns 25% of its token and will have to pay 10 million at the end of the course if it wants to keep it in property.
In the Wolves it happened more or less the same as in La Masia, because he felt alone, with a few minutes in the play field. “I felt out of place without my family or friends, but I took all the steps to adapt and learned English. I think that football suits me, but they needed to give me confidence and continuity ”. Although it leaves its tagline: "It made me stronger." That and the new and unsuccessful experience at Nottingham Forest – after a loan to Las Palmas – where he hardly had any chances. But Huesca called him and everything changed.
The celebration of the devil
Rafa Mir has been celebrating goals for some time by putting on a kind of horns with his hands on his head. A celebration that is called that of the devil and that has a more sentimental background. It turns out that they have a great friend in the family named Albert – "It belongs to the family," he clarifies – and that he suffered a serious car accident. And Albert is known as the child of the devil. “It was in his honor, so that he would recover. And well he did it ”, says Mir; "But I keep doing it because the things that work …". Although he is not much more superstitious, perhaps with crossing himself when entering the field and kissing his thumb.
Since his arrival at the club he has already scored 20 goals; 10 in this course, followed by Sandro Ramírez with three. Although no afternoon like that of Valladolid, when he made the first and only hat-trick of the club in Primera. "I feel important," he replies, knowing that he has played every game since he arrived at the club except for the Cup return against Alcoyano. Every afternoon he does extra work in his home gym and follows a diet that his nutritionist made for him. Although sometimes he will not fulfill it so well because of Pacheta . “He is number one in the management of the group because he transmits what he wants and how he wants. In addition, since I arrived we had not had any food and we started with the coach and now it is common for all of us to meet, ”he reveals.
Now, with a one-year contract with the Wolves, he must decide his future. With goals, everything will be easier. Like the one he hopes to do at the Camp Nou and then return the three usual calls at the end of the matches: from one of his representatives; of his uncle Toni; and, of course, his father.
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