In a desperate attempt to resurrect his stalled career, Ricardo Quaresma gets back to his old club FC Porto again. The leading Portuguese player who was considered one among the greatest of wingers, had been facing difficulties in playing abroad since 2008- the year he left Porto.
Often tagged as “Harry porter” of Portugal, the 30-year-old failed to cast his magic charm overseas & even his hallmark trivela couldn’t help him to gain ground abroad. Thus, the decision was to return to homeland to recreate the old magic.
Ricardo has been trained at Sporting Lisbon Academy which is considered as the best training ground for young Portuguese soccer aspirants. His maverick soccer skills soon earned him a post in Portugal senior team, with the help of Romanian icon Laszlo Boloni. Quaresma debuted in the year 2001 & fast became one among the most valuable players in the squad. Technically gifted, this fledging winger started to pull in attention instantly from different elite clubs, including Barcelona. Barca zipped him fast with a whopping £5 million.
However, the Portugal player was unable to stay tuned to the high expectations at Camp Nou and just a year later he was back to Portugal to play for Porto. His shift to Dragons resulted in great mayhem in his homeland sine nobody could expect his super-fast return to the country.
In spite of the disputes concerning his transfer, the winger’s initial innings at Porto came up with most phenomenal memories of his soccer career. Quaresma’s had an immediate impact on the Porto squad & it his winning goal that earned the team 2004 Portuguese Super Cup trophy. This dramatic victory heightened Ricardo’s position in the team & soon he was the instant hero, both among the team mates and fans.
Ricardo Quaresma has not played in any official match since May as he was released from his contract and from Al Ahli. According to a number of sources that have been emerging, the Portuguese winger will be making his return to Porto.
The 30 years old winger used to play with Porto back in 2004 where he made his best performances and some of the greatest highlights of his entire career but was offloaded to Inter Milan for €18 million but from there on out took a downhill road.
After failing to make any kind of impact in Italy with Inter Milan, later decided to make a move to the Premier League and play in Chelsea on a loan deal until eventually finishing in Dubai with Al Ahli and the club releasing him only 4 months after joining the club.
His return to Porto is becoming more and more a reality as it is the club that he spent the best times of his career and the only things standing in the way are the approval of the president Pinto da Costa and lastly they have to wait for the transfer window to re-open in January.
The player has already been seen in hotels located in Porto as the Portuguese will spend the remainder of his career in the club that saw him grow and develop abilities that even attracted comparisons of him and Luis Figo as he was considered to be the successor of Figo.
Quaresma is also believed to have terminated his contract with Jorge Mendes who was his agent for over 10 years and is known for having represented the likes of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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.