Rui Costa - The Last Game

Discussion in 'Football' started by SPiTFiRE, 11 May 2008.

  1. SPiTFiRE

    SPiTFiRE Eusébio forever

    6 April 2004
    SL Benfica
    Today at 20:15 pm will be the last game of Rui Costa as professional football player against Vitória de Setúbal for the Portuguese Liga.

    Here's the image of the ticket wich features a special message saying "Obrigado Rui" (Thank you Rui in Portuguese):

    The "Maestro" is forever in our hears! :SAL:

  2. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Legend. One of my all time favourite players. He's also one of the nicest and classiest people in football.

    After Milan-Benfica 2-1 this year. Shows how much Milan fans love him.
    Last edited: 11 May 2008
  3. Abhishek

    Abhishek Best player in the world

    29 January 2006
    One of my favorite players EVER!!

    Fucking love him as a player, and he is absolute class as a person.

    Will try to watch the game. Might shed a tear or two as well :(
  4. gerd

    gerd Retired Footballer

    8 January 2002
    Over the moon
    KRC Genk, Spurs
    What a great player he was...and yes also a nice guy.
    I wish him all the best in his life after his football carreer.
  5. Dominic

    Dominic Serie A Staff

    19 August 2003
    Fantastic player. Someone I just loved to watch, for his playing style alone.
  6. steevio_uk

    steevio_uk Premiership

    7 October 2003
    West Ham
    Again, a truly class act.

    For me, he defines the term 'playmaker'... someone who can pick the ball up from deep off the defenders or off the wingers and strikers and make anything happen, rather than just sitting comfortably in the last 3rd doing fancy tricks.
    I only ever got to see him play live once and that was at David Howells' testimonial at White Hart Lane about 10 years ago.

    He was immense as the key player in that team with Batistuta, Robbiati, Oliviera, Cois etc... Used to love seeing him supply ammunition to that front three!
    He is one of a few players that have been all time favourites of mine. He is one, alongside Mehmet Scholl, Rivaldo and Demetrio Albertini.
    Loved his laid back style, the way he used to float around and spray passes with so much ease and glide past players.
    Players like this you wish were around for years and years, rather than the fancy spoilt 'pros' you get nowadays.

    Top, top player :)
  7. #71

    #71 Champions League

    18 May 2006
    SL Benfica
  8. Neoexodus

    Neoexodus SLB Juve Barça Arsenal

    8 November 2007
    ^It really ends tonight.

    Obrigado Maestro!
  9. cfdh_edmundo

    cfdh_edmundo Maverick

    30 December 2002
    Such a shame, he could easily do another year for SLB!
  10. papapaopogi

    papapaopogi League 1

    24 June 2007
    pure class...

    grazie rui :salute:
  11. #71

    #71 Champions League

    18 May 2006
    SL Benfica
    I'll be off to the stadium in a couple of hours.. It will be very emotional..I just hope he scores, the stadium would fall down.

    Rui Costa is for most people a really talented football player, and those who saw him playing know how graceful he is all looks so perfect.. But he's also a story of full love with his club.. he joined Fiorentina, even though Barcelona also made an offer for him, because Benfica needed the money and he accepted that.. Later, when he joined Benfica to finish his career, 2 years ago, he signed without even discussing wages..
    One of the most emotional moments we had on our old stadium was when we scored against us on a friendly match (first time he faced Benfica)..he started crying as the fans got up clapping our opponents goal.

    This is a commercial Benfica made (called 'The worst goal of my life') when he signed to gather new associated fans, and you can see the goal I was talking about...the slogan is 'Who loves a club that much, assumes it'
  12. airjoca

    airjoca International

    29 July 2003
    Amadora, Portugal
    SL Benfica
  13. Revan

    Revan out the window

    8 August 2003
    Madeira, Portugal.
    FC Porto
    Great player.
    Sad to see him leave the pitch.
  14. The_Special_One

    The_Special_One I like Unicorns

    17 August 2007
    Estoril | Knicks
    It's over. Il Maestro says goodbye. Tonight was the last concert.


    A great man and a great player.
    Rui Costa 10 :SAL:
  15. airjoca

    airjoca International

    29 July 2003
    Amadora, Portugal
    SL Benfica
    Tears in everyone's eyes in the stadium...
  16. *aLe

    *aLe International

    30 August 2005
    From today, football will miss one of the most talented players who was still playing, at least until yesterday.

    I've seen him playing live and I really fell in love with his way of playing. When he was given the ball, you knew something grat was going to happen. Ever.

    When he scored his first goal in Serie A with Milan I was about to cry, and I was about to cry when he left AC Milan..

  17. SPiTFiRE

    SPiTFiRE Eusébio forever

    6 April 2004
    SL Benfica
    I saw in the stadium and the atmosfere was amazing.

    I never saw so many Italian lads at the Luz for a neutral game.

    Rui Costa almost cried...
  18. airjoca

    airjoca International

    29 July 2003
    Amadora, Portugal
    SL Benfica
    Video of when he got subbed near the end:


    Rui, we love you!
  19. Bule

    Bule Leoni Rossi

    20 March 2004
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Galatasaray SK
    As Fatih Terim says; "He's the real maestro of my teams Milan and Fiorentina."

    Big loss for Benfica and Portugesse football community. I'd like to see him as a coach in football world.
  20. Abhishek

    Abhishek Best player in the world

    29 January 2006
    I am so sad :(

    The end of an era. Players like 'The Maestro' defined football for me. I don't care about fancy step overs. The ability to see the football pitch from a bird's eye view - vision and craft - that is the art of football. Rui Costa perfected it like no other.
  21. Sabac Red

    Sabac Red Premiership

    22 November 2002
    Another great player gone from my great generation
    of football...

    A great playmaker right up there with my favourites
    like Zidane, Boban, Redondo...etc
  22. H3adhunter

    H3adhunter Guest

    The greatest nº10 in the history of Portuguese football ...

    Até sempre, Rui...
  23. miguel.

    miguel. International

    29 March 2004
    SL Benfica
    I still cry everytime I watch that video.

    Rui Costa was (:cry:) one of my favorite players of all time. Not only was he a fantastic professional, he is also a great man. That's what distinguishes him from the regular 'pro' of today. He was unique.

    Obrigado, Maestro.
  24. airjoca

    airjoca International

    29 July 2003
    Amadora, Portugal
    SL Benfica
    Yes, fans from every club, even Porto and Sporting, love him, or at least respect him, something that a player like C. Ronaldo will probably never achieve.
  25. Revan

    Revan out the window

    8 August 2003
    Madeira, Portugal.
    FC Porto
    Only thing I hate about Rui Costa is that he played for the wrong team. :CRY:
  26. lo zio

    lo zio International

    24 October 2005
    it's such a shame nobody organised a "goodbye match" in italy... really a shame :((

    anyway grazie Manuel and good luck for your "after-football" carreer :))
  27. pk9

    pk9 Did you Say BOOTS - Pk

    9 January 2004
    in the boots thread
    Lille, de oranje!
    Great Football Player... I hope he goes on to be even more successful as a great coach!!!!

    Rui#10...... Legend!!!
  28. #71

    #71 Champions League

    18 May 2006
    SL Benfica
    It was really touching..

    This is a movie that shows it..Rui Costa getting emotional on the warm up, some highlights from his game (he made the assist for the first goal), being substituted, and thanking the fans.

    At his speech he's saying.."I'm very proud of quitting football this way. I end up my career tired, exhausted...but very happy. I end it on my stadium, among my people."

    Everytime he scored it really felt like he was one of us (fans) celebrating...
    Last edited: 13 May 2008
  29. airjoca

    airjoca International

    29 July 2003
    Amadora, Portugal
    SL Benfica
    Proud to be one of his people. ^^

    What a man. :)
  30. fd1972uk

    fd1972uk ---------------------

    9 January 2002
    Superb player. All the best for Rui and the future.


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