On 5 January 2010 Sporting Braga have signed the Brazilian attacking midfielder from Japanese club Consadole Sapporo until June 2011. Unfortunately, because of a conflict with the head coach, Rafael played only 8 matches for the team in 2010, even he started as regular in January. In July, Sporting Braga agreed with the release of the player. Then, Rafael Bastos signed with the Romanian team CFR Cluj.
Bastos weighs 72 kg and has 1 meter and 85 centimeters.