Club: FC Porto
Growth type: Standard
There was a time when Quaresma was one of the few good reasons to pay a ticket for a Portuguese league game. His numbers in this two seasons are impressive: 14 goals and 24 assists made him the most valuable player in the team, with direct influence on one third of all Porto goals in the Portuguese league. His relevance for the three time in a row Portuguese champion was so massive that the team was hooked on his creativity.
Quaresma, aka "The Mustang", took on his shoulders the task of making the difference, of breaking the balance. He shot, crossed, assisted, took corners and free-kicks more than anyone else both in Porto and the whole league.
He was also the only dragon to score in the league from a free-kick in these two seasons, and he was the one who suffered more fouls, being the player who cause the highest number of yellow cards to be shown.
But there's much more about him than the just these numbers. There's the magic dribbles, the laser guided crosses, the "trivelas", oh my God the trivelas. And in between some moments that are true odds to the beauty of the game, like the goal against Belgium.
Despite his rare talent Quaresma always divided opinions, having admirers and critics in about the same measure to the point of being booed by Porto suporters.
Maybe because Quaresma is not your ordinary professional football player. Quaresma doesn't read the game, he feels it. He doesn't think football, it's intuitive. Sometimes one can't help thinking that is more what you would see on the streets rather than what u expect to see in a stadium. His football is wild and the years go by but he's still raw, untamed. Maybe that's why they call him "The Mustang".
He'll hardly change his style in order to adapt to the circumstances, to his moment of shape or to the opponent being faced. He plays too much about for fans and the worst thing is that sometimes they don't like what they see, labeling him as selfish and getting frustrated with his unnecessary dribbles and lost balls. It can get to the point were it seems like he is the only element of a fourth team on the pitch: Quaresma F.C.!
Many managers have rejected him: Rijkaard didn't like him at Barcelona, Scolari never gave him a real chance in the national team, and Sacchi thinks he is an average player. After the great success enjoyed at Porto Quaresma is having a hard time trying to establishing himself in a major European club. Not even the "Special One" will ever manage to tame "The Mustang" without taking his spirit away from him.
And Quaresma will never be able to prove the World that he is one of the most talented footballers around.
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