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Mantorras
Personal information
Full name Pedro Manuel Torres
Date of birth March 18, 1982 (1982-03-18) (age 27)
Place of birth    Huambo, Angola
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 9
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1999–2001
2001–
Alverca
Benfica
031 (10)
111 (38)   
National team2
2001– Angola 017 0(4)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23 May 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 21 June 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Pedro Manuel Torres (born 18 March 1982 in Huambo), commonly known as Mantorras, is an Angolan footballer who currently plays for Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the Portuguese first division, as a striker.

His nickname derives from the fact that, as a child, he suffered slight accidental burns, being then known as "Man torras", from the Angolan expression "Mano Torras," which means "Toasted brother." His professional career has been blighted by constant injury problems.[1]

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Football career

Mantorras started his career as a professional footballer in Angola, at Progresso do Sambizanga. He quickly caught the eye of Portuguese scouts, and transferred to F.C. Alverca shortly thereafter, as that club acted also as Sport Lisboa e Benfica's feeder club. Most notably, Mantorras scored a hat-trick in a surprising 4-1 home win over Sporting Clube de Portugal.

At only 19, Mantorras signed with Benfica, making a particularly good impression during his first season at the club. He was then sought out by FC Barcelona and also refused an offer from Inter Milan in Italy. During the player's quick rise to stardom, he was frequently described as the best player to come out of Portuguese Africa since Eusébio left Mozambique for Benfica in the early 1960s. Eusébio himself said of the youngster that, "He has special qualities and is set for a great future."

In 2002, Mantorras suffered a serious knee injury that almost put an end to his short career.[2][3] He spent approximately two-and-a-half years recovering, during which he was subject to four surgical procedures.[1] He returned to the pitch during the 2004–05 season, and managed to contribute sufficiently as the Águias ended an 11-year drought and won the national championship, with five goals in only 15 matches (four of those in the final two months).[4][5]

Even though he was subsequently deemed to be fully recovered, Mantorras failed to re-establish himself as a first team player, playing only in a few games throughout the next seasons combined. However, he remained a favorite with the club's supporters, additionally stating he would like to see out his career at Benfica, and that he would remain in the club even if he was not paid a salary.[6]

He was part of the Angolan national team that was the first ever African Portuguese-speaking country to qualify for the World Cup in 2006. Blackburn Rovers are currently interesting in his services.

Honours

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Personal

Mantorras did not forget his humble roots: soon after joining Benfica, he turned his thoughts to the less fortunate in his homeland, promising to donate a hefty percentage of his wages to set up a home for street kids in Luanda.

"I feel so sorry for children in Angola," he stated. "I know what it's like to go hungry and to sleep on the street. My father died when I was three months old and my mother when I was 16. I had a brother to look after and became the head of the family [when I was] very young. I had a lot of difficulties early in my life. Now that my fortunes have improved, I'm going to do what I can to help the underprivileged."

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps + Minutes Played Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alverca 1999-00 5 . 122 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2000–01 26 . 1814 mins 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 9
Benfica 2001–02 30 . 2580 mins 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 13
2002–03 8 . 550 mins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
2003–04 0 . 0 mins * * * * * * * * *
2004–05 15 . 379 mins 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
2005–06 17 . 302 mins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 2
2006–07 17 . 295 mins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
2007–08 9 . 145 mins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
2008–09 5 . 62 mins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total (Portugal) 132 . 6249 mins 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 132 6
Career Total 132 . 6249 mins 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 132 26

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Simple English

Mantorras
Personal information
Full name Pedro Manuel Torres
Date of birth 18 March 1982 (1982-03-18) (age 28)
Place of birth    Huambo, Angola
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 9
Senior clubs
Years Club
1999-2001
2001-
Alverca
Benfica
National team
2001- Angola

Mantorras (born 18 March 1982) is an Angolan football player. He plays for Benfica and Angola national team.

Club career statistics

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Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
PortugalLeague
1999/00AlvercaPortuguese Liga50
2000/012610
2001/02BenficaPortuguese Liga3013
2002/0383
2003/0400
2004/05155
2005/06173
2006/07172
2007/0891
2008/0941
2009/10
CountryPortugal 13138
Total 13138

International career statistics

Angola national team
YearAppsGoals
200120
200220
200300
200400
200531
200681
200721
200831
200970
2010
Total274

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