I enter with the right foot, I thank God always for giving me the happiness to enter the field and I hope that it doesn’t hurt me. I like to go to Fátima every year. But I never made promises. Vera has already been on her knees, I always accompany her, but I don’t do that. There were times when I was in bad shape, I thought about leaving football because it didn’t support me and I was about to leave in order to support my family.
Difficulties, no, because thank God I have my wife who has been with me for a long time and she manages the money. Maybe, if it was for me, he was there and he was a wretch, because he spent money unnecessarily.
It is not extravagance. We are going out to dinner, but we will always see tomorrow because something can happen. Oddities I didn’t do. I bought cars, some cars, but nothing special.
The Mercedes, I have a 190, from 1989 that belonged to Vera’s grandfather. And I will have it. If something happens to me that needs money, I will see Megane more quickly than this Mercedes, because it has a great sentimental value, both for me and for Vera.
I have no idea. I never thought of being an Emel inspector and I am. And it is something I do with pleasure.
No. I would like to stay connected to football, but it doesn’t cross my mind to be a coach.
Sport director, little more. I don’t know a businessman, because it is very difficult to be a businessman. I understand the part of the entrepreneurs because the entrepreneur only lives on the player’s success, if the player is not successful … But I think there is a lot of entrepreneurs there … For now. they start very early, the kids are 13, 14 years old, they are already after them. Nobody knows who is going to be a player, he may have a talent there but he may be more mature than the others, so he stands out more than the others. But then the girlfriends phase comes, which is a complicated phase. Leaving your girlfriend to go to training is not easy.
Oftentimes. I started dating Vera at the age of 13, she stayed and I had to go to training. In fact, after a certain age it was what I wanted and I always said to Vera: “Never think about leaning against the wall to decide between you, football, because football will win. This is what I want for my life. “I already asked that question of my son, who has now started dating.” Is this what you want? Note that you will miss a lot. You’ve seen that you never have time to go to school friends’s birthday parties, you’re always in training, in games, in this and that ”. And he told me that what he wants is football. I don’t force him to “Nothing. He’s going to decide. The day he feels bad, talk to me and get out of football. Messis and Cristianos Ronaldos will only appear in 20 years.”
Maybe this one from Romania, where I opted for the family instead of football. Maybe it was a good option.
But that was later, he was already married, he already had children, he already had other commitments. It is different now, I think much more about the family than about football. Since I was a father, I have to worry a lot more; if you can reconcile the two things very well, but I have to worry more about the family. It is okay that football gives me sustenance, but the joy of being with my children is much greater, it is different. I always chose football, but now I choose the family.
He stopped going to the national team after the under-21s. Do you know why he was not called again?
Because there were other players who played at a higher level than me and had more quality.
My greatest joy was having made my debut for Sporting’s first team and being international, even under-15. At Estrela da Amadora I am extremely happy because, two weeks after my father passed away, we went to Boavista and the way I found to try to abstract myself from things was that there was a penalty in our favor that nobody wanted to score and I, who never I scored penalties, said: “Give me the ball, I’ll score”. I think there were players at the entrance to the area turned upside down in case the ball failed so there was no counterattack. He gave me that thing and I scored a goal.
Cancer of the intestines. He has had enough of working his whole life and my mother too. When the company closed, he took care of the papers for retirement and as soon as he did, he discovered that he was sick. My father died at just 52 years old. He finds out in August, turns in October and dies in December. Something out of the ordinary. In August I was in the north, arriving at the river beach with my family, with my in-laws, grandparents, the phone rings and my mother told me that my father was in the hospital. I soon came down and never came back to that river beach. There were very complicated phases, seeing his degradation, getting thinner … Curiously, the day before he died, he got up, ate, calm, it seemed that he was better. And the next day, he died. As I knew someone in the services of Santa Maria, I managed to get into intensive care. I talked to him, I don’t know if he heard me or not, but he said everything I thought.
Close to the sight and the heart. SIC is even more p