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This is a Portuguese name; the family name is Andrade Quaresma Bernardo.
Ricardo Quaresma
Ricardo Quaresma - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo
Date of birth September 26, 1983 (1983-09-26) (age 26)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Internazionale
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2001 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Sporting CP 062 0(8)
2003–2004 Barcelona 026 0(1)
2004–2008 Porto 0112 0(24)
2008– Internazionale 021 0(1)
2008 Chelsea
National team
2003– Portugal 024 0(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (born 26 September 1983 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese footballer, partly of Gypsy heritage,[1][2] who currently plays for Internazionale and for the Portuguese national team (last cap in 2008). Quaresma is usually positioned as an attacking winger.


Club career

Ricardo Quaresma's style of play can be defined as one with speed, grace, toughness, and often plays a free role on the pitch. Initially nicknamed "The Mustang" by former Sporting Clube de Portugal coach Laszlo Bölöni, his nickname in Portuguese is "Cigano", which literally translates from Portuguese into "Gypsy".

Quaresma is regularly compared to fellow Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for the similarities both possess in terms of their speed and dribbling abilities, as well as their style of play. He also specialized the "Trivela" shooting technique, which is his ability to swerve and bend the ball perfectly with the outside of his boot when executing crosses, free kicks, and long shots.

At a young age, Quaresma was ranked higher in the pecking order than Cristiano Ronaldo. Portuguese national manager Carlos Queiroz once stated that Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Quaresma but opted for Ronaldo.


Sporting Clube de Portugal

While a trainee at Sporting's famed academy, he made his professional debut during the 2000–01 season playing 15 games for the B Team. In the next season, he was promoted to the senior squad by then club manager Laszlo Bölöni, playing 28 matches and scoring three goals and was a key player in Sporting's league and cup double triumph.

2002–03 was a poor season for Sporting, finishing third in the league, which prompted speculation about Quaresma's future at the club.


Quaresma was then sold to FC Barcelona for a reported €6M and loan of Fábio Rochemback.[3] His stint with the Catalan side could be best described as luckless. In his debut season, he made 10 starts and 11 substitute appearances, scoring only one goal. In the final weeks of the season, he injured his right foot badly, forcing him to miss the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

During UEFA Euro 2004, he announced his refusal to play for Barça as long as Frank Rijkaard was in charge, incurring the interest of many other clubs.


Quaresma signed for FC Porto in the summer of 2004 when they sold Deco for a fee of €15 million cash, plus Quaresma's playing rights which were evaluated at the time at €6 million.[4]

Quaresma started his campaign with Porto on a high note, scoring in his debut game in the 2004 UEFA Super Cup and netting the only goal in Porto's triumph against Benfica in the Portuguese SuperCup. He went on to score five goals in 32 league matches and was ever-present in Porto's run to the first knockout round of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League. He also contributed to Porto's dramatic win against Once Caldas in the 2004 FIFA Intercontinental Cup, scoring in a thrilling penalty shoot-out which ended 8–7 in Porto's favour.

Quaresma was heavily criticised during his first year with Porto for being selfish and frequently trying to dribble past defenders rather than making a simple pass. However, he gradually began to incorporate his teammates into the game, and by his third year with Porto, he had become a fan favorite and a key component of the squad. His sublime performances in both the Portuguese Liga and the UEFA Champions League drew interest from various clubs, and despite having a contract with Porto running until 2011, he soon found himself being transferred to a major club for the second time in his career.


On 1 September 2008, Quaresma signed for Italian champions Internazionale on a cash/player exchange fee of €18.6 million with young Portuguese midfielder Pelé joining Porto.[5][6] He played his first game for the club in a friendly against Locarno, playing on the left wing. The game ended 2–2, and Quaresma was voted Man of the Match following an impressive performance.

Quaresma (left) playing for Inter

He was decisive in his first Serie A match against Catania, with one of his trademark Trivelas resulting in a Giuseppe Mascara own goal. The game finished 2–1 for Inter.[7]

However, Quaresma has since found opportunities in the Inter XI limited as Inter boss José Mourinho stated:

"He is a great talent, but the joy I have at seeing the way Ibra [ Zlatan Ibrahimović ] works for and with the team I do not yet have with Quaresma. He will have to learn, otherwise he won’t play, and I am sure he'll change and become more tactically disciplined. He likes kicking the ball with the outside of his foot, but if you ask me about him in a few months' time, we'll be talking about a different Quaresma."



Quaresma's omission from Inter's squad for the knockout stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League led to speculation of him leaving the club. On 2 February 2009, transfer deadline day, he signed on loan for Premiership club Chelsea, José Mourinho's former club until the end of the season.[10] He was given the number 18 shirt. On 7 February, he made his debut for Chelsea against Hull City. Quaresma was mostly used as a substitute, making noticeable contributions, including providing the cross for Alex to score against Coventry City. After a disappointing start to life at the San Siro, Quaresma claimed his move to Chelsea had restored his confidence after he struggled to impress José Mourinho at Inter. The 25-year-old Portuguese international told The Star on 29 March 2009: "When I was at Inter, I wasn't feeling very confident. I wasn't playing well and wasn't happy, I already feel more confident here at Chelsea. It has brought the joy back for me, which I didn't have at Inter." Subsequently, with Guus Hiddink's temporary position as Chelsea manager, Quaresma found it hard to find space in the Chelsea line-up and returned to Inter at the end of his loan.

Return to Inter

Quaresma at an Inter training session

Quaresma returned to Inter after his loan at Chelsea ended.[11] Despite desperate attempts made by Inter to offload him,[11] Quaresma did not manage to attract any interest. With the retirement of Luís Figo, Quaresma inherited the number seven, and José Mourinho has vowed to give Quaresma another chance for the new season.[11]. Quaresma made his debut for the new season against Bari, coming on as a substitute for Patrick Vieira.

International career

Quaresma lining up to take a freekick against Brazil

A UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship winner with Portugal in 2000, he made his full international debut for the Portuguese national football team in June 2003, in a friendly against Bolivia.

Poor form during his time with FC Barcelona and an injury prevented Quaresma from taking part in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. However, sparkling displays with FC Porto won him a role in Portugal's 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and the winger helped his country to a vital 2–0 win against Slovakia. However, Quaresma was left out of the 23-man squad named by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to represent Portugal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He was later called up to play in a friendly game against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, where Portugal won 2–0. Quaresma provided two assists and was named Man of the Match. On 24 March 2007, Quaresma scored his first goal for the national team in Portugal's 4–0 win in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Belgium. He was also a member of the 23-man squad for Portugal in UEFA Euro 2008. Ricardo appeared sparingly for Scolari's Portugal during the tournament, but he did start in the Portugal secondary team in a 3rd group stage match, a 2–0 loss to host nation Switzerland where nine of the 11 regular team starters were rested.



Last updated 24 April 2009

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Sporting CP Portuguese Liga 28 3 0 0 - - 1 0 29 3
2002–03 31 5 0 0 - - 2 0 33 5
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2003–04 Barcelona La Liga 22 1 0 0 - - 4 0 26 1
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Porto Portuguese Liga 32 5 0 0 - - 8 0 40 5
2005–06 29 5 1 0 - - 6 0 36 5
2006–07 26 6 0 0 - - 8 2 34 8
2007–08 25 8 3 1 0 0 8 2 36 12
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Internazionale Serie A 13 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 19 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Chelsea Premier League 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Internazionale Serie A 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total Portugal 171 32 4 1 0 0 33 4 208 38
Spain 22 1 0 0 - - 4 0 26 1
Italy 15 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 21 1
England 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career Total 211 34 5 1 0 0 43 4 259 42


Ricardo Quaresma: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2007 Lisbon, Portugal  Belgium 4-0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 6 February 2008 Zürich, Switzerland  Italy 1-3 Loss Friendly
3. 11 June 2008 Geneva, Switzerland  Czech Republic 3-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008






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Ricardo Quaresma
File:Ricardo Quaresma - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo
Date of birth 26 September 1983 (1983-09-26) (age 27)
Place of birth    Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Beşiktaş
Senior clubs
Years Club
Sporting Portugal
Internazionale Milano
Chelsea (loan)
National team
2003-2008 Portugal

Ricardo Quaresma (born 26 September 1983) is a Portuguese football player. He plays for Beşiktaş.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02Sporting PortugalPortuguese Liga28300-10293
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2003/04BarcelonaLa Liga22100-40261
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05PortoPortuguese Liga32500-80405
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
2008/09Internazionale MilanoSerie A13000-60191
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2008/09ChelseaPremier League4010000050
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10Internazionale MilanoSerie A11000-20130
CountryPortugal 17332410033421037
Spain 22100-40261
Italy 24000-80320
England 4010000050
Total 22333510045427338

International career statistics


Portugal national team



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