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Rui Costa The Magic Player

Updated on January 1, 2021


With five years old Rui Costa cames to the team of children of Damaia Fitness Club. Four years later, with 10 years of age, tried their luck in the training of attracting Benfica. After ten minutes of training, Eusebio, who was observing the future craques, was impressed with the abilities of the young player. During eight years improve the quality and style of the young Benfica until 1990, where he borrowed a year to Fafe. Returned to Benfica where he won a Cup in Portugal - on 93 - and the title of national champion - 93/94. The Fiorentina is interested and paid 1.2 million euros (about 6 million). The transfer served as a bubble of oxygen to the finances of the club who at the time was living large financial problems.

Rui Costa played seven seasons at Fiorentina where he won two Cups of Italy, a Supertaça, and two titles of transalpine champion. Despite the difficulties managed to be elected some times the best No. 10, making the place the players of great feedback as Zidane, the Juventus player. It was colleague of Batistuta and Fiorentina in when there was talk of possible exit from the Argentine club to another he said: "Where is my pair I vai me." Many were the times in which they spoke of their output, but Rui Costa has remained until the entry into bankruptcy of the club in Florence.

It was implemented then the transfer to AC Milan, again on new millionaire amount, about 35 million. Rui Costa played five seasons at AC Milan where he won a total of 1 cup of Italy, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Supertaça, Italy, 1 European Cup and 1 Supertaça.

In 2004 made his last game for the Portuguese selection in the final of Euro 2004 in Portugal in the Stadium of Light before the selection of Greece. Note also that Rui Costa is sagrou champion of the world in 1991 in the category of sub-21, winning the final in Brazil in desempate kicked by the mark of great penalty. The final was held at the old Stadium of Light and Rui Costa marked the victorious penalty.

On May 25, 2006 was presented as a new player from Benfica. The transfer, this time, the cost was zero and was only possible because Rui Costa and AC Milan rescinded the agreement that linked by one more season. Rui Costa relinquished, with the coming to SL Benfica, around 700 thousand euros year.

After his return, and after many injuries, their need in the team was put in question by the Portuguese millionaire Joe Berardo, the latter being the author of a tender offer on the SAD of Benfica. In a newspaper, the millionaire insulted Rui Costa, also saying that he has nothing helped as the Benfica player.

Ended his career in football in the 2007/2008 season, Benfica, participating in the game against Vitoria Setubal, in which at the time of its replacement to 86 minutes.

You can read more about other portuguese players here:

Cristiano Ronaldo

Luis Figo

Eusébio The Black Panther


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