Ricardo Quaresma sets up Besiktas equaliser with rabona assist

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The rise of the assist is one of the more remarkable trends of the modern game.

There was a time, long before the world of fantasy football, that no-one tallied up crosses, but we're glad that's changed.

After all, you don't have to be an assist-connoisseur to appreciate what Ricardo Quaresma did in the 89th minute of Besiktas' Champions League game against Benfica.

The Turkish side had been trailing 3-0, but after grabbing two goals back, Quaresma clearly sensed an opportunity.

The Portugal star produced a rabona to set up Vincent Aboubakar's equaliser, and while it was a cool finish under pressure from his team-mate, the 33-year-old is taking all the plaudits for his contribution.

Take a look at his moment of magic here:

It seems Quaresma will do anything to avoid using his left foot, but even so, that's pretty audacious. 

Dimitri Payet did a similar thing for West Ham in the Premier League this season against Watford in a 4-2 defeat back in September, but this one might just be even better, especially considering the timing.

Pure brilliance 

Besiktas have resurrected their hopes of qualifying for the last-16 with that point, and Group B is now finely poised with Napoli and Benfica both on eight points and Besiktas just a point behind them.

Their last group game comes against Dynamo Kiev, who haven't won a game in the competition, so it just goes to show how important that equaliser last night was.

Quaresma also found the back of the net himself with a penalty in the 83rd moment - his third goal in five Champions League games - but he's probably forgotten all about it after coming up with that moment of brilliance.

What's the best assist you've seen this season? Let us know in the comments. 

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