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Who Is The Most Famous Rafael Or Raphael In The World?

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How many celebrities named Rafael or Raphael can you think of? The famous Rafaels and Raphaels below have many different professions, including notable actors named Rafael, famous athletes named Rafael, and even musicians named Raphael.

Rafael Nadal is certainly one of the most famous Rafaels on this list. One of the famous tennis players named Rafael, he has won 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles. He was ranked No. 1 for 209 weeks.

Another of the famous people with the first name Raphael is Raphael Saadiq. He is a singer-songwriter and producer. His albums include The Way I See It and Jimmy Lee.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Rafael or Raphael? Just add them to the list!

  • BirthplaceManacor, Spain

    Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 2 in men's...  more

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  • BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Raphael Saadiq (; born Charles Ray Wiggins; May 14, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since...  more

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  • Dec. at 37 (1483-1520)

    BirthplaceUrbino, Italy

    Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Italian: [raffaˈɛllo ˈsantsjo da urˈbiːno]; March 28 or April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520), known as Raphael (, US: ), was an Italian painter and architect of the High...  more

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  • BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964) is a Cuban American former Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder. Palmeiro was an All-American at Mississippi State University before...  more
  • BirthplaceLille, France

    Raphaël Xavier Varane (French pronunciation: ​[ʁafaɛl vaʁan]; born 25 April 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national...  more

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  • BirthplaceSan José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic

    Rafael Soriano (born December 19, 1979) is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, New...  more
  • BirthplaceLoma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic

    Rafael Antoni Furcal (born October 24, 1977) is a Dominican former professional baseball shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis...  more
  • BirthplaceHeemskerk, Netherlands

    Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈraːfaːɛl vɑn dɛr ˈvaːrt] (listen); born 11 February 1983) is a Dutch professional darts player and former professional footballer who played as...  more
  • BirthplaceZamora, Mexico

    Rafael Márquez Álvarez (Spanish: [rafaˈel ˈmaɾkes] (listen); born 13 February 1979) is a Mexican former professional footballer. He played as a central defender, sweeper, or defensive midfielder....  more

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  • BirthplacePetrópolis, Brazil

    Rafael Pereira da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁafaˈew peˈɾejɾɐ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ]; born 9 July 1990), commonly known as Rafael or Rafael da Silva, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Lyon....  more
  • Dec. at 69 (1891-1961)

    BirthplaceSan Cristóbal, Dominican Republic

    Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina ( troo-HEE-yoh, Spanish: [rafaˈel leˈoniðas tɾuˈxiʝo]; 24 October 1891 – 30 May 1961), nicknamed El Jefe (Spanish: [el ˈxefe], "The Chief" or "The Boss"), was a...  more
  • BirthplaceCuritiba, Brazil

    Rafael Paulo de Lara Araújo, nicknamed "Baby" and later "Bàbby" in Brazil, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁafaˈɛɫ aɾaˈuʒu]; born August 12, 1980) is a Brazilian retired professional basketball player....  more
  • BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Rafael Souza dos Anjos (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁafaˈew duz ˈɐ̃ʒus]; born October 26, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's welterweight...  more
  • BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Rafael Benítez Maudes (Spanish pronunciation: [rafaˈel ˈrafa βeˈniteθ ˈmauðes]; born 16 April 1960) is a Spanish professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Chinese Super...  more
  • Dec. at 55 (1859-1914)

    BirthplaceValparaíso, Antioquia, Colombia

    Rafael Victor Zenón Uribe Uribe (born April 12, 1859 – died October 15, 1914 in Bogotá) was a Colombian lawyer, journalist, and general in the liberal party rebel army.Uribe Uribe is best known for...  more
  • Dec. at 75 (1906-1981)

    BirthplaceJiquilpan, Mexico

    Rafael Méndez (March 26, 1906 – September 15, 1981) was a Mexican virtuoso solo trumpeter. He is known as the "Heifetz of the Trumpet."...  more
  • Dec. at 29 (1892-1922)

    BirthplaceBilbao, Spain

    Rafael Moreno Aranzadi (23 May 1892 – 1 March 1922), known as Pichichi, was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward. He played for Athletic Bilbao during the 1910s and 1920s....  more
  • BirthplaceLe Blanc-Mesnil, France

    Raphaël Adelino José Guerreiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Portuguese national team mainly as a left back but also as a left...  more
  • BirthplaceBaar, Switzerland

    Raphael Díaz is an ice hockey player....  more
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    Rafael Márquez Méndez (born 25 March 1975) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2013. He is a two-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF...  more
  • BirthplaceGuayaquil, Ecuador

    Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado (Spanish pronunciation: [rafaˈel βiˈsente koˈre.a ðelˈɣaðo]; born 6 April 1963) is an Ecuadorian politician and economist who served as President of Ecuador from 2007 to...  more
  • BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Colombia, South America, Cundinamarca department, Bogotá

    Rafael Pardo Rueda is the 1st and current Minister of Labour of Colombia serving in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. A Liberal party politician and economist, he has...  more
  • BirthplaceIlha Solteira, Brazil

    Rafael Cavalcante (born April 5, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who fights in the light heavyweight division. He is currently competing for Bellator MMA. He trains with Anderson Silva and...  more
  • BirthplaceDominican Republic

    Rafael Leonidas Belliard Matias (born October 24, 1961 in Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic) is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop who played in the Major Leagues from 1982 to 1998 with the...  more
  • BirthplaceCumaná, Venezuela

    Rafael Jose Betancourt (born April 29, 1975) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies, as...  more
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