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Quaresma chooses liberation over conformity with the outside of his boot | Barney Ronay

Football does not value to the skill the forward showed against Iran but the World Cup should be an outlet for the unbound

There was a moment on Monday night in Kazan, as Ricardo Quaresma veered in off the right wing towards the Iran goal, shifting the angle of his body with a dinky little half-step, when you knew exactly what he was about to do.

José Mourinho must have had an inkling, watching from his shark-tank penthouse high above the Moscow skyline. “Quaresma will have to learn, otherwise he won’t play,” Mourinho had told reporters 10 years ago when Quaresma was one of his players at Internazionale. “I am sure he’ll change and become more tactically disciplined. Right now he likes kicking the ball with the outside of his foot.”

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