TV cameras closed in on Rafael’s footwear during Manchester United’s win at Fulham earlier this month and focused on the name “Fabio” stitched into the leather.
“I have been doing that for a while,” said Rafael. “It’s because they [Nike] send the boots to the training ground at Carrington. Our kit man said, ‘Ah, your brother’s boots are here’. So I said, ‘I will play with them’. I started using them and had some good games so I said, ‘let’s stick with them’.”