Ricardo Quaresma turns 34 today – and to celebrate we’ve rounded up 15 of the most memorable quotes to sum up the former Sporting Lisbon wonderkid.
The Besiktas winger is often described as a wasted talent, largely due to unsuccessful, high-profile moves to Barcelona as a 19-year-old, and later Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho. But Quaresma does things his way; he was never going to be the type of maverick that Frank Rijkaard or Mourinho appreciated.
“When I am happy, I fear nothing,” said Quaresma, which is evident every time he tries a rabona or trivela, rather than choose the simple option of using his left foot.
Though he may not have achieved everything many thought he might when he burst on the scene alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, seven domestic titles, a Champions League winner’s medal and Euro 2016 glory suggests he hasn’t done too badly.
Quaresma’s impact, however, cannot be measured in trophies. Even as he enters his mid-30s, the winger is still entertaining crowds with the same repertoire of tricks and skills that saw him earn the reputation as one of the game’s hottest properties.
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You’ve got 15 minutes. You’re going to need them.
Plus the worst coin toss you’ll ever see.
The perfect goal must include moments of comedy.
How very Dele Alli.
Kevin De Bruyne was at it again against Burnley.
Jose Mourinho was unsurprisingly not a happy man.