Ricardo Quaresma knocks out Benfica's Alex Grimaldo with powerful shot

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EA Sports released their list of the 10 most powerful shot takers in FIFA 17 last week.

Leading the list is Cristiano Ronaldo, closely followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lukas Podolski. Tom Huddlestone, Taye Taiwo and Aleksander Kolarov are also in the top 10.

Nowhere to be found, though, is Ricardo Quaresma.

But EA Sports might want to make an amendment before the game’s September 29 release date after the Besiktas winger’s blistering effort against Benfica on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo was standing in the way when Quaresma let fly. The ball struck him in the face, knocking him out cold.

Players from both teams rushed to Grimaldo’s side before medical staff were called. He eventually came around, much to the relief of everybody inside the Estadio da Luz.

Group B

Grimaldo got up and finished the contest, which ended 1-1. Benfica took an early lead through Franco Cervi but were dealt a blow when Anderson Talisca equalised in the 93rd minute.

Both teams will feel they have a chance of advancing to the last-16, with Napoli and Dynamo Kiev the other two teams in Group B.


Quaresma’s 15 year professional career has taken him all across Europe. He’s played in Portugal, Spain, Italy, England, and this is his second spell at Turkish side Besiktas.

He’s failed to deliver on the promise he showed when Barcelona signed him in 2003, yet still boasts an impressive resume.

He won the treble with Inter Milan in 2010 and the FA Cup with Chelsea. And of course, he emerged from Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow to help Portugal win Euro 2016.

Quaresma trusts Ronaldo only

The pair’s friendship stretches back to their time together at Sporting Lisbon. So close are they that Ronaldo is the only person Quaresma trusts in football.

"Even with the injury [that Ronaldo suffered in the Euro 2016 final, he] never stopped, he always supported the team and that's why I say, not just as a friend, that he is the only person I admire in football," Quaresma told O Jogo, per Goal. "I admire the strength he has."

He added: "We have a great captain, it is an honour to play alongside him and have him in the national team and all Portuguese people should be proud to have Cristiano.

"[His critics] speak of him and do not know him as a person. He is a great person, a great captain and he deserves everything he has achieved in football. He always has confidence and is positive and that's what he gave us."

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