Ricardo Quaresma was once mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo. But while one Sporting Lisbon prodigy went on to become one of the very best the game has ever seen, the other failed to live up to the initial hype.
Despite representing the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea, all be it briefly, the Portuguese winger has flattered to deceive more often than not.
But a return to FC Porto has also seen a return to form, with the now-30-year-old scoring nine goals in 18 appearances for last year’s Primeira Liga champions.
Unfortunately for both the player and his club, Quaresma missed a penalty in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Nacional. And at the final whistle he was reportedly held back by teammates after growing angry with comments made by some members of the opposing team.
There are contrasting reports over what was said, and nothing has yet been confirmed, but whatever it was it prompted the former Chelsea loanee to remonstrate with Nacional players, he was clearly offended.
When Quaresma moved to Chelsea for a brief spell back in 2009, he appeared to be very excited at the chance to prove what he could do in England.
“I already feel more confident here at Chelsea,” he told the club’s website. “It has brought the joy back for me.”
But five years later it is back in his homeland where he is getting the chance to show what he is capable of. Unfortunately his impressive run of form has come at the same time as Porto have fallen below runaway league-leaders Benfica.