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Goalkeeper Rafael Cabral could return to Santos in the Brazilian second division

Goalkeeper Rafael Cabral could return to Santos in the Brazilian second division

Santos' goalkeeper in the 2011 Copa Libertadores win, Rafael will take over the starting line-up in place of João Paulo.

In addition to being a Libertadores champion, Rafael won his third São Paulo championship with Santos (2010, 2011 and 2012), the 2010 Copa do Brasil and the 2012 Recopa Sul Americana | Photo: Staff Photos/Cruzero

Goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, 33, could be Santos' next reinforcement in the fray in Brazil's second division. The player asked not to play with Cruzeiro on Sunday (14) against Botafogo in the first match in the Brazilian League. The match in Mineirão ended 3-2 for the Celestial team.

Rafael is going through difficult times at Minas Gerais, after failing to draw 3-3 with Alianza da Colombia, on Thursday (11), in a qualifying match for the Copa Sudamericana.

Santos' goalkeeper in winning the Copa Libertadores in 2011, Rafael would take over the starting line-up in place of João Paulo, and was voted the best goalkeeper of the Paulista tournament, but was singled out for committing a penalty kick against Palmeiras' Indrik in the final. Match at Allianz Parque Stadium.

Rafael revealed last January that he had conducted negotiations with Santos and almost missed the opportunity to arrive. The fact that he started his career at Villa Belmiro as well as the moment the team passes in the second division of the Brazilian championship left the athlete completely impressed.

In addition to being a Libertadores champion, Rafael won a third São Paulo championship with Santos (2010, 2011 and 2012), the 2010 Copa do Brasil and the 2012 Recopa Sul Americana, and was traded the following year to Italian club Napoli. (international agency)

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