Ricardo Quaresma

A mobile phone was a luxury that a young Ricardo Quaresma could not afford.

Ricardo Quaresma

In May 2000 he was away in Israel with the Portugal Under-16s. He'd awakened feeling unwell and was frantic to reach out to his mum back in Lisbon.

Ricardo Quaresma

Wrecking with fever, there was just a single idea at the forefront of his thoughts: how to get back home as fast as could really be expected.

Ricardo Quaresma

Rather Quaresma was persuaded to remain, and notwithstanding his condition he proceeded to play in the European Under-16 Championship last.

Ricardo Quaresma

He scored twice as Portugal beat Czech Republic 2-1 in extra-time to lift the trophy.

Ricardo Quaresma

Those two goals would forever change his life. Watching from the stands in Tel Aviv was Romanian administrator Laszlo Boloni,

Ricardo Quaresma

who might assume responsibility for Sporting Lisbon a year after the fact. One of his most memorable moves was to elevate Quaresma to the senior side.

Ricardo Quaresma

Toward the finish of the 2001-02 season, Sporting were champions and Quaresma the breakout star of a campaign

Ricardo Quaresma

that made ready for what was to come for him: moves to Barcelona, Inter Milan, and for a loan spell, Chelsea.

Ricardo Quaresma

"The day we are given similar states of admittance to instruction and work, we can say we are as Portuguese as the remainder of the Portuguese, yet that day has not yet shown up for us."