Ri­cardo Car­valho’s best games

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“WE HAD TO BEAT SPAIN TO QUAL­IFY AND WE DID OUR JOB. THE COUN­TRY HAD WAITED A LONG TIME FOR A MO­MENT LIKE THAT”

Porto 6 Braga 0 1996 Youth team match

“My ca­reer could have taken a re­ally dif­fer­ent path with­out this game. The pres­i­dent was watch­ing and I scored a hat-trick. Not bad for a de­fender, eh? I was 17 and peo­ple from a sec­ond-tier side were there want­ing to sign me on loan, but the pres­i­dent said that I was go­ing nowhere, or out on loan to a first di­vi­sion out­fit. Who knows what may have hap­pened if I hadn’t played well.”

Spain 0 Por­tu­gal 1

June 20, 2004 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship

“This will al­ways be one of my favourite foot­ball mem­o­ries. It was my first ever Eu­ros, play­ing on home soil, and was an un­for­get­table feel­ing. I also be­came an in­dis­putable starter af­ter that. We had to beat Spain to qual­ify from the group and did the job against our neigh­bours. The coun­try had waited a long time for that.”

Chelsea 1 Tot­ten­ham 0

April 7, 2007 Pre­mier League

“I was lucky enough to play well in the big matches dur­ing my time in Eng­land. The games against Manch­ester United might be the ones I played the best in, but I’m pick­ing out this match against Spurs even though we couldn’t be­come cham­pi­ons that sea­son. We closed the gap to United by beat­ing our ri­vals 1-0 and I scored the win­ner. Happy days.”

Real Madrid 1 Osasuna 0

Septem­ber 11, 2010 La Liga

“We have all got child­hood dreams and play­ing for Real Madrid was one of mine – un­for­tu­nately it came true a lit­tle late in my ca­reer! [Laughs] I went there at 32 and was not in my best form – that was at Chelsea – but my home de­but at the Bern­abeu was one of the most spe­cial mo­ments dur­ing my ca­reer. I man­aged to score against Osasuna and ev­ery­thing started off very well for me in Madrid.”

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