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Name Deco
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Footballer
Desc A player at home in any era who blossomed under Jose Mourinho not once but twice. At home at No 10 Deco effortlessly controlled games for Porto and latterly Chelsea as a key cog in two of the Special One’s greatest sides


Org Portugal National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Porto FC

2013 10 20 Retrieve

[Deco on Iniesta] Iniesta definitely deserves a Ballon d’Or. Messi gets all the attention in the media because of his great performances, but all the players realise that Iniesta is absolutely amazing. If I had to compare him to someone, I would say Zinedine Zidane. Andres is phenomenal. The problem is that he has two animals ahead of him in Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s no denying that Cristiano is a beast as well

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Mourinho had studied the game for a long time before, watching other teams, and the good thing was that everything we did in training happened in the game, which gave players confidence in the coach. When you have been prepared for each situation that could happen, it means you are more prepared than the other team

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Mourinho brought something different (to Porto); he brought the ambition, because at that time in Portugal it was difficult for a club to think it could win the Champions League. Of course, Porto had won it in the past but it was a different time. [. . .] Mourinho brought this confidence to us; we had a fantastic team and he gave us that final push to believe it was possible

2016 02 15 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Mourinho, he’s a winner. It’s difficult for him to accept results that don’t go his way. [. . .] sometimes when we lost a game – which if you can remember wasn’t all that often in our time! – he would find it difficult to accept

2016 02 16 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] As far as strategy goes Mourinho is the best coach I have worked with. He convinces you that if you do what he tells you to do it will bring results and it does. Working with Mourinho was incredible. I learned so much. It was a long time ago and some people say he has changed a lot, others that he hasn’t changed at all. He turned Madrid into a very effective team. They were different to Barcelona aesthetically but in terms of efficiency they were very effective. For everything that they say about him, he put Real Madrid at the same level as the best ever Barcelona side

2016 04 02 Retrieve

[Deco gave his views ahead of El Clásico] I would sign Luca Modric for Barça because his way of playing fits with the style that exists at the club. He is a footballer who looks like Andres Iniesta and Xavi due to his way of playing, he has a similar style. The forwards Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale]</b> would not have a place at Barça

2016 06 25 Retrieve

[Deco on Ronaldinho] Ronaldinho was a natural with special ability. Whenever we gave the ball to him, the moves and goals were from a different world. He was far more gifted than Leo or Cristiano. When we did not know what to do, he would create that opportunity for you

2018 02 17 Retrieve

[Deco talks about Lionel Messi’s qualities] What I can say is that, when you have a player like Messi, be it any team in the world, you have a little advantage. Messi is not only a goalscorer, he creates, he defines the way the opponent defends their approach, their training. Coming up against Messi, things aren’t going to be easy. They are going to be a lot different for the opposition, because he’s unpredictable in one-on-one duels, and also with his passes. And obviously, the other team ends up very reactive to what he does on the field

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[Former Portugal international Deco believes Scholes above Lampard and Gerrard] I played with and against so many fantastic players in midfield like Gerrard. I had the opportunity to play with Lampard together at Chelsea

I think, because he was a different type of player to all other types of English midfielder, Paul Scholes was the best player that I saw playing for an English midfield and one of the best players in the world.

There are not so many players with this style because I think most of the players are box-to-box, not about controlling the game, keeping the balance of the team.

Maybe it’s the generation, but I think this kind of player always exists. England has a lot of fantastic players. What I say is that in midfield, with his style, Scholes could play at any club