Ricardo Quaresma Video Rating: five / five
The career of Ricardo Quaresma can be described as: ‘’The Story of the Unfulfilled Potential’’.
Ricardo Quaresma and Cristiano Ronaldo both emerged from the prestigious Sporting Lisbon academy as he was promoted from Sporting’s B-team at the tender age of 17; he was raising expectations everywhere and even being called as the successor of Luis Figo.
Helping his club on obtaining the League and Cup when they were under the guidance of Laszlo Boloni and even showing more skills than his former partner C.Ronaldo at times with Sporting Lisbon it seemed like there was absolutely nothing stopping him from joining a European Elite club and achieving success.
Barcelona showed interest in signing him meanwhile C.Ronaldo made his move to Manchester United and as things continued going amazingly well for C.Ronaldo it was the complete opposite for Quaresma as was facing problems with the coach at that time of Barcelona who was Frank Rjikaard.
Rjikaard said Quaresma had attitude problems and until that was changed, he was barely allowed to make any appearances with the main squad.
Quaresma eventually made his move away from Barcelona and joined Jose Mourinho in Inter Milan but it was not much different with the Italian club. He struggled to play in Serie A as it was too much defensively played and while his former partner C.Ronaldo was awarded with the Ballon D’or in 2008, he was proclaimed as the worst arrival in Serie A of that same year.
It was basically all over for him when he signed for Al Ahli, signs were showing everyone that he would never make another move into the biggest stages or clubs in football. Just as his good friend Ronaldo is proof of what success players can achieve, Quaresma is a harsh reminder that football also has its failures.
Ricardo Quaresma Movie Ranking: five / five
Ricardo Quaresma Video Rating: 4 / five
FIFA president Sepp Blatter confided to one of his close aides recently that it might have been a mistake to hand Brazil the rights to host next summer’s showpiece event, the 2014 World Cup.
He mentioned that the Brazilian government needs to buck up and clamp down on the protests going on in the country, according to reports that have been circulated in the last few days. Close to a million people took to the streets of Brazil demanding better infrastructure for health and better living conditions during the FUFA Confederations Cup in June, remaining away from the venues that hosted the country’s matches, something that has been unprecedented for the football mad nation.
According to a report in a popular finance magazine, the cash strapped Brazilian government spent a whopping $ 13.5 billion in preparing the infrastructure, completely ignoring the demands of health care and benefits of the people. According to the same news source, Blatter stated if the protests continue, then they must consider that maybe they have made the wrong decision in handing the World Cup to the country.
FIFA has also come under immense scrutiny in recent times for awarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar, a venue that has come under scrutiny because of the threats of heat taking its toll on the players. Blatter also feels that the government should ensure all the measures so that the World Cup is not disturbed with so many people coming in from all parts of the world to be a part of the second biggest spectacle in the world after the Olympic Games.
However, Blatter also believes there is a chance that the country will prove him wrong after successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup in June in spite of many people staying away from it.
Portuguese midfielder Ricardo Quaresma has left the Middle East club Al Ahli after his contract came to an end. The President’s cup final was not only the last match for the 30-year-old, but also for his teammate Mohammad Yousuf as well. Both players were out of contract at the end of the season and the club decided not to extend their contracts. Quaresma will now search for a new club in the hope of playing for at least the next few years. The former Benfica midfielder was once regarded as the next big thing in the world.
However, several failed moves and years later, he is now searching for a club as a free agent with still several years of football left in him. Over the years, Quaresma has played for the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. Yet, he has not been the same player people expected him to become when he first broke through the scene in Portugal. At one stage, Quaresma was regarded as a much better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now one of the best paid players in the world. Such is the difference two players that Quaresma will now look for a new club across the world.
The club’s CEO said that they were extremely privileged to have a player like Quaresma on their books.
“A player who has played for Barcelona, Chelsea, Milan — I think if he has played in the three biggest leagues in the world, it would be difficult for him to join those teams [if that was a problem]. That’s enough for us — and he’s one of the main players in the national team of Portugal. He must be the biggest-name signing in this window and maybe the whole year. I don’t know what will happen until December,” said Al Ahli CEO Ahmad Khalifa Hamad.