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Ricardo Quaresma


ABOUT
ABOUT

Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo is a Portuguese professional footballer who was born on September 26 1983 in Lisbon, Portugal. He mainly plays the role of a winger. He has been part of the national side since 1999. He currently plays for the Turkish club Besiktas.

Background


When he was a trainee at Sporting Clube de Portugal (1997–2001), Quaresma simultaneously made his professional debut in football with the B squad with the 2000–01 season,.

Debut


In 2000, he was part of the UEFA Under-17 Championship winner Portugal and in June 2003 he made his full international debut for the Portugal national team in a friendly match against Bolivia.


Rise to glory


However for Porto he performed so well that he got selected into Portugal's squad for 2006 World Cup qualification campaign and he helped his country in a vital 2–0 win against Slovakia.


He was part of a friendly against Brazil that was held at the Emirates Stadium and helped Portugal with an assist to win 2–0. Thus he was named man of the match.


Quaresma scored his first goal for the national team On 24 March 2007 in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Belgium where Portugal won 4–0. He was also in Portugal squad for Euro 2008.


He scored the last goal of a 3–1 win in the second group match against the Czech Republic.


On 11th October 2014, Quaresma scored his first international goal on penalty in a friendly match held at Saint-Denis against France.


On 25 June 2016, Quaresma headed the only goal of a win for the Portuguese over Croatia squad for the Euro 2016. In the quarter-finals he scored the match winning spot-kick in Portugal's penalty shootout against Poland.


Low points


During his time with Barcelona he was not in form and further an injury prevented him from participating in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Euro 2004, and the 2004 Olympics. Also Quaresma, was not selected in the 23-man Portugal squad for the 2006 World Cup.


Club Career


He started with Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1997, then in 2000 he was promoted to the B squad of the club and soon he got into the senior squad of the club.


In 2003, Quaresma was transferred to Barcelona for a reported €6 million fee. In his debut season he scored only one goal.


In 2004 Quaresma signed with Porto for about €6 million. Quaresma started with the 2004 UEFA Super Cup on a high note by scoring the only goal of the loss to Valencia and again netting the only goal in Porto's win against Benfica in the 2004 Portuguese Super Cup.


Quaresma signed with Inter Milan on 1st September 2008 in a deal worth of €18.6 million with young Portuguese midfielder Pelé joining Porto.


His first game for the club was a friendly against Locarno.


In between his contract period with Inter Milan he was loaned to Chelsea.


Quaresma joined Beşiktaş of the Turkish Süper Lig on 13th June 2010 for a transfer fee of €7.3 million.


Quaresma signed with Dubai-based club Al-Ahli in the UAE Pro League on 8th January 2013.

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