|Current Team:||Kasımpaşa S.K.|
|Birth Day:||September 26, 1983|
|Birth Place:||Lisbon, Portugal|
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He helped the Portuguese U-17 team win the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2000.
A UEFA European Under-17 Championship winner with Portugal in 2000, Quaresma made his debut for the full side on 10 June 2003, in a friendly against Bolivia. Poor form during his time with Barcelona and an injury prevented him from taking part in the Under-21 Championships, Euro 2004 and the 2004 Summer Olympics, but solid displays with Porto won him a role in the nation's 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, and he featured in the vital 2–0 victory over Slovakia only to be omitted by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari from the final squad.
In 2003, Quaresma was sold to FC Barcelona for a reported €6 million fee and the loan of Fábio Rochemback. In his first year in La Liga he made ten starts and 12 substitute appearances, scoring in the 5–0 home rout of Albacete Balompié.
In February 2007, Quaresma appeared in a friendly against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, providing an assist in the 2–0 win and being named man of the match. On 24 March, he scored his first goal for the national team in their 4–0 defeat of Belgium for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, held in his hometown; picked for the finals in Austria and Switzerland, he replaced Simão Sabrosa for the last ten minutes of the second group clash against the Czech Republic (scoring in stoppage time to contribute to a 3–1 win), and started the next match, a 0–2 loss to hosts Switzerland where nine of the 11 regular starters were rested.
On 1 September 2008, Quaresma signed for Italian champions Inter Milan in a cash/player exchange fee of €18.6 million, with youngster Pelé joining Porto. He was decisive in his first Serie A match against Catania Calcio, with one of his trademark trivelas resulting in a Giuseppe Mascara own goal in an eventual 2–1 home win. However, he found opportunities in the starting XI limited, as coach José Mourinho stated:
At the end of the season, Quaresma was given the Bidone d'oro award for the worst footballer in the Italian top division. On 2 February 2009, transfer deadline day, he signed on loan for Premier League club Chelsea until 30 June, making his first appearance five days later in a 0–0 home draw to Hull City. On 7 March, he provided the cross for Alex to score against Coventry City in the sixth round of the FA Cup; after a disappointing start at the San Siro, the player claimed his move to Stamford Bridge had restored his confidence, and he further declared "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."
On 13 June 2010, Quaresma joined Beşiktaş J.K. of the Turkish Süper Lig, who paid €7.3 million for his services and signed him to a three-year contract, which entitled him to €3.5 million in the first season and €3.75 million in the next two. He scored his first goal for them against FC Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Europa League's third qualifying round, and was also an integral part of their victorious run in the domestic cup, opening the scoring in the 33rd minute of the final against İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. and being named player of the match after the 4–3 win on penalties.
In August 2010, after nearly two years of absence, was called for two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Cyprus and Norway to be held next month, replacing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. He played the full 90 minutes in the first match, a 4–4 home draw.
On 25 April 2011, Quaresma and teammate Nihat Kahveci had a spat on the pitch – the latter was upset at the former for failing to pass the ball, but the altercation was eventually broken up by teammates. Following the 1–3 defeat to Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League's round of 16 the following 8 March, he had an altercation with Carlos Carvalhal in the dressing room at half-time after the manager replaced him with İsmail Köybaşı, reportedly beginning to throwing water bottles before launching a stinging attack at the coach, allegedly saying, "I brought you here, you just think of yourself. If I was not here, [Carvalhal] would not be here. You can not remove me from the match because you're nothing."; he was suspended indefinitely by the club following the incident, being released on 20 December six months before his contract was due to expire but being paid the remaining €1.48 million.
On 8 January 2013, Quaresma signed with Shabab Al-Ahli Club in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. He scored two league goals from ten games in his only season, adding another in his sole appearance in a victorious campaign in the UAE President's Cup.
In May 2013, the 29-year-old Quaresma was released.
Quaresma returned to Porto on 1 January 2014, where over 10,000 fans greeted him in training. He scored in his first European match of his second spell against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League's round of 32 on 20 February (2–2 home draw), and then set up a goal and scored in a 2–2 draw to S.S.C. Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. In the quarter-finals of the same competition, he netted a consolation goal in the 1–4 away loss against Sevilla FC.
Quaresma scored a penalty for his first international goal in over six years in a friendly with France on 11 October 2014, but in a 1–2 loss. He was then picked for Euro 2016, where he netted the match's only goal – in the 117th minute – in a round-of-16 win over Croatia. Five days later, in the quarter-finals against Poland, he scored the winning spot-kick in a penalty shootout victory following a 1–1 draw after extra time. In the final against hosts France on 10 July, he came off the bench for Ronaldo after the latter had been forced off in the opening 25 minutes due to an injury suffered from a collision with Dimitri Payet; the match ended in an eventual 1–0 extra-time victory to Portugal, which saw the country win its first ever international title.
Quaresma is of partial Romani descent, earning him the nickname "O Cigano" ("The Gypsy"). Speaking of an alleged racial slur towards him by an opponent in 2014, he said, "When I hear people say there is no racism nowadays it makes me laugh. When something happens in Portugal it's always fault of gypsies, blacks, immigrants. It's tough to live with this." He was erroneously quoted by media outlets as being the great-nephew of former Portugal international footballers Alfredo Quaresma and Artur Quaresma but later denied this, nonetheless citing them as "an inspiration".
On 15 April 2015, Quaresma scored twice in the first ten minutes, starting with a penalty, as Porto defeated FC Bayern Munich 3–1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League's quarter-final tie. Six days later, in the second leg, he made way for Rúben Neves at half-time after his team lost their aggregate lead, resulting in their elimination.
Quaresma returned to Beşiktaş in July 2015, being greeted by a crowd of thousands at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. He stated his aim was to win the league with the team, which was eventually achieved and retained the following season.
Quaresma is known for his tattoos. In 2016, he had two teardrops inked onto his face. Later that year, he had Psalm 91:4 tattooed on the back of his head.
Quaresma had two sons with his partner, and a daughter from a previous relationship. A convert to Catholicism, he was baptised in July 2016 together with his sons in Pêro Pinheiro, Sintra, with teammates Eliseu and Carlos Martins being present at the event.
In 2017, Marco Monteiro of FIFA.com described Quaresma as "insanely talented and equally temperamental." However, he was able to improve upon these weaknesses as his career progressed, with the BBC noting ahead of the 2014 World Cup that "his workrate has been exemplary since returning home," while Jonathan Liew of The Daily Telegraph commented during Euro 2016: "So it is that a player whose career was widely believed to be over now has the whole country in his hands. The veteran Quaresma is a more mature player these days, creative but reliable, unpredictable but disciplined, a man who will never undo the past but is at least showing signs of learning."
On 26 February 2018, Quaresma scored a trademark trivela goal against Fenerbahçe S.K. in the Istanbul derby when he bent the ball around Mauricio Isla into the top corner of the net with the outside of his right foot, the first of his two goals in a 3–1 win.
The 35-year-old Quaresma continued to ply his trade in the Turkish top division on 29 August 2019, when the free agent signed with Kasımpaşa S.K. for one season. In July 2020, he left.
On 7 September 2020, Quaresma agreed to a two-year deal with Vitória de Guimarães.
Ricardo has two sons, one with wife Daphne Quaresma.
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