Ricardo Quaresma is one of those technically gifted players that fans are willing to pay the entrance fee for alone. He can strike the ball in a way that seems to defy the laws of physics, make perfect crosses, drop the shoulder - and has been doing all that ever since he made his debut for Sporting Clube de Portugal back when he was still a youngster. He showcased his myriad talents to such an extent in his first two years as a pro that Barcelona came calling, with the Spanish giants picking him up at the tender age of 20. However, the move did not turn out quite as well as he hoped, and the following summer, he returned to Portugal when he joined Porto.
Quaresma began collecting silverware with the Dragons, including three consecutive league winners’ medals, and his impressive performances were enough to see him voted Portuguese Footballer of the Year. Despite all that, he missed out on selection for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and was a non-playing member of his country's UEFA EURO 2012 squad. His career then went through various ups and downs, with spells at Chelsea, Internazionale, Al Ahli, Porto and Besiktas, until he finally received the international acclaim he deserved in playing all seven matches in Portugal's championship-winning EURO 2016 team.