The pair played together at Sporting CP.
Raphinha admits Fernandes continues to message him regularly, this time congratulating him for finally being called up by Brazil.
He revealed: “Bruno congratulated me a lot. He told me that I deserved it so much, that I had been deserving it for a while.
“This happens with friends who talk a lot, more intimacy like that, more jokes.
“But he praised me a lot, congratulated me.
“He said he wasn't surprised at all by what was happening and what would happen.
“And for me, receiving compliments like that from people I admire, not only professionally but personally, is also very rewarding."
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