Ricardo Quaresma reacts to claims about his teardrop tattoos

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A teardrop tattoo underneath the eye has various meanings.

It can signify that the wearer has killed someone, spent time in prison or acknowledge the loss of a family or fellow gang member - amongst other things.

In football, a player is very much in the minority if he doesn’t have tattoos. However, there is only one footballer that shows off teardrop tattoos underneath his eye.

That is Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma.

But what do they mean?

Well, Portuguese newspaper Corrieo da Manha published an article this weekend claiming they knew.

They suggested that they represent a falling out between him and his brother, Alfredo. They believe that Quaresma’s brother “betrayed” him after stealing money from the restaurant business the Besiktas star was investing in.

The newspaper claims that Quaresma got the tattoos to show that his relationship with his brother is over.

But is that true?

Well, according to the player himself, no.

The 33-year-old has reacted on Instagram by posting a lengthy rant against Corrieo da Manha.

He insists that the claims are a complete lie and that his brother didn’t have access to the financial side of his restaurant business, adding "my brother has never misappropriated a penny”.

However, he didn’t actually reveal what his tattoos actually stand for.

On the pitch, Quaresma hit the headlines this week after his incredible rabona assist saw his Besiktas side draw 3-3 with Benfica in the Champions League after being 3-0 down.

He may be reaching the end of his career, but Quaresma boasts a pretty impressive CV. How many people can say they’ve played for Barcelona, Porto, Inter Milan and Chelsea?

And throughout his entire career, we still don’t know what his teardrop tattoos mean.

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