Rafael Garcia Tonioli Defendi (born 22 December 1983) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Paços de Ferreira in the Primeira Liga.
Born in Ribeirão Preto, Defendi passed through Botafogo and Santos youth systems, in his early career. In 2007, he made his first move abroad and joined C.D. Aves, making his professional debut on 18 August 2007 in a home loss against Olhanense. He only added six league caps throughout the season before returning to Brazil.
After several years in his homecountry, mostly at the regional level, in July 2014, Defendi returned to Portugal, joining Paços de Ferreira, being first choice most of the season, battling with António Filipe for the position