Portuguese veteran joins up with SA starlet


SA youngster Lyle Foster will be delighted to be linking up with one of Portugal’s all time greats after Vitoria Guimaraes announced the signing of winger Ricardo Queresma who signs from Turkish side Kasimpasa.

Queresma, now 36 years old, has had a great journey so far in his career playing for the biggest clubs across Europe’s elite leagues. The following elow are some of the teams that the Portuguese winger has featured for in his career since making his first team debut in 2001 for Sporting Lisbon: Barcelona, FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Besiktas and Al Ahli

The Lisborn-born veteran has over 300 club appearances and he has won 4 Primeira Liga titles, 1 Serie A title , 2 Supa Lig titles , a UEFA champions league tittle and many more trophies while featuring for clubs across the continent.

When Portugal made history in 2016 beating France 1-0 in their own back yard to win the final of the UEFA European championships Queresma played a big part in it and when Portugal’s U-17 youth team won the 2000 European championships he was one of their key players.

Lyle Foster had a stint with Cercle Brugge in Belgium last season, but this time he will line up alongside Queresma at Guimaraes.

Overall, Queresma played 80 international games for Portugal’s senior squad scoring 10 goals in the process and retired having played amongst some of the best footballers Portugal has ever produced – the likes of Luis Figo, Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, who are amongst some of the few familiar names in the game today.

Lyle Foster and other strikers at Vitoria Guimaraes will be delighted to be sharing the field with a man dubbed as the assist king with his famous side foot crosses and shots , although 36 now there is no doubt of his quality having scored 4 goals and assisted 5 more in 26 games for Kasimpasa last season.

Guimaraes finished in an usual 7th spot last season and in the current transfer window have been bolstering their squad for next season as they want to finish in the usual top 5 spot on the log to secure European football – something they have been doing consistently for the past 5 years.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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