Ricardo Quaresma is enjoying his “second football life”. Once regarded as a greater talent than Cristiano Ronaldo, Quaresma never quite scaled the heights many expected of him.
Like Ronaldo, a product of Sporting’s famous Alcochete academy, he always struggled to emerge from the shadow of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, international teammate and his great friend.
The decision to move to the Middle East when still in his twenties apparently confirmed his place in the pantheon of “Great Unfulfilled Football Talents”. But another chapter was to be written.
Over the last few seasons, Quaresma has been in fine form for club and country, and, happily for Seleção fans, his key contributions to the Portuguese national team in their finest hour has completely re-written his legacy.