When I heard Ricardo Quaresma had made the cut for Paulo Bento’s provisional 2014 World Cup finals squad I thought about my most vivid memory of the winger. It was February 2007, in a friendly against Brazil at the Emirates. Another money-spinning game between two Nike sponsored teams. Quaresma along with a 22-year old Cristiano Ronaldo were simply unplayable tearing into Gilberto, Maicon, Lucio and company that night.
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It’s about half an hour into Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie with Benfica and John Obi Mikel catches Pablo Aimar. The Argentine falls to the turf in a dramatic fashion and a collective groan from the Stamford Bridge faithful descends as the words, ‘Get up you cheating bastard!’ emanate from the seats around me. Even from my view it’s difficult to see if it’s simulation, but what was clear as a day was that from the first minute, the diminutive midfielder had been pulling the strings in the quest to keep his side’s European dream alive.