Rui Costa will depend on the ball…

Rui Costa, the best number 10 born in Portugal that I reported, stopped playing in 2008. He ended his career where he started, at Benfica, his club of the heart. He was a virtuous player, a midfielder of enormous refinement who took the baton on the field and assumed with unique talent the football leadership of the teams he represented.

It spread perfume in the stadiums of Portugal and Italy. He was champion in both countries. He won the Champions League with AC Milan and contributed to the title of two-time World Under-20 champion in Portugal in 1991. For the senior team he played three Europeans and one world. He said goodbye at Euro 2004 after the final in which the title only escaped through manifest misfortune against Greece.

13 years after hanging up his boots, Rui Costa reached the last defense of Portuguese football with the thorny challenge of taking over Benfica in turbulent waters, a few hours after the arrest and subsequent dismissal of Luís Filipe Vieira.

The conductor, as he was known as a player, did not hesitate and was able to maintain the stability that the club needed during the course of a public bond subscription, prepare for the new sporting season under an atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust and take off in August with two qualifiers for access to the Champions League and four league matches.

It passed with flying colors and that was the main reason for a crushing ballot at the ballot boxes. Rui Costa in three months showed preparation, competence and had sporting success. And the compass that guides the fans is based on these aspects, adding another no less insignificant: charisma. Rui Costa is a personality of superlative prestige in the Benfica universe and received this recognition from the largest number of members who have ever participated in an electoral event for a club in Portugal.

Rui Costa turned a page in the history of the red emblem. The partners trusted their lack of awareness in the processes that led to the end of “Vieiraismo”. And the landslide victory of the new president of Benfica had an effect of pulverizing opponents. But the success of Rui Costa’s term, as in the times when he was an idol on the pitch, will depend on whether or not the ball enters the opposing goal…

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