Ricardo Quaresma is often described as a wasted talent, but he’s a player that has never failed to entertain – and for that reason alone he’s worthy of celebration.
Quaresma failed to make the most of high-profile moves to Barcelona as a 19-year-old, and later to 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.
But more importantly, Quaresma has provided joy to anyone who has seen him play. Here are some of the quotes that sum up the enigma best.
“We’ve got Sarri, who can wake football up again.”
David Villa was definitely born on his due date.
Can this please stop?
Sometimes it’s okay to go back.
Strap yourselves in. This is a biggie.
Exactly a quarter of them play for Chelsea.
It’s time to stop listening to Three Lions now.
We’d love to see this game played in real life.
They already love his “powerful right leg”.
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