I have seen a lot of Antony and a bit of Raphinha. For me this is also an interesting question. I actually went on youtube to see some comments by Brazilians to get their take on it. I think general consensus is that they're both great, they are positive about both, Raphinha is considered the more straight forward/direct player, who can also play in the #10 position and the feeling I get from it they think Raphinha is better on his weaker foot (Antony does everything with his left foot, which I can pretty much subscribe to). Antony on the other hand is seen as the more skilled and less predictable player and therefore harder to defend.What is everyone’s take on Raphinha vs Antony? I personally would prefer us to sign Raphinha as I feel he is already used to the league and produces similar/better numbers than Antony. He plays more regularly for the Brazil national team. I also think Raphinha’s dribbling is as good as Antony’s. Since Antony is not gonna be a cheap buy, we might as well go for Raphinha instead.
I don't think Raphinha is more a regular for the Brazilian NT. The last two matches in which Antony featured, Antony was a starting player. After that Antony got injured. They both have equal caps, in which Raphinha made more minutes. Both have about equal stats as well (one goal more for Raphinha, but also more minutes so that basicly evens out). Apparently both have made a very good impact in the times that they played. Obviously Antony is three years younger. I think Raphinha is a good player and at this moment they seem to be quite equal. However if you ask me, Antony has a much higher ceiling and the chance is big that in 3 years this won't be much of a discussion.
I am the first one to admit that I have not seen that much of Raphinha (a few matches only), so that does not give the complete picture. However the feeling I have with him is that he is kind of a one trick pony. I wouldn't be suprised if he gets found out and then he fades. I think Antony has the qualities to keep adapting and be a star at any level. Antony is not near his potential yet.