Rui Costa

1972 - Today

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Rui Manuel César Costa OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁuj ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born 29 March 1972) is a Portuguese former professional footballer who is the 34th president of sports club S.L. Benfica. He also succeeded Luís Filipe Vieira as president of the club's SAD board of directors. Regarded as one of the best midfielders in world football and one of Portugal's best players in recent history, Costa usually played as an attacking midfielder and was particular known for his excellent technique, playmaking ability, and eye for goal from midfield. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rui Costa has received more than 1,438,206 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Rui Costa is the 407th most popular soccer player (down from 402nd in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from Portugal (up from 138th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Portuguese Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Rui Costa ranks 407 out of 16,923Before him are Gyula Zsengellér, Thomas Tuchel, Kazimierz Deyna, Rüştü Reçber, Dunga, and Rajko Mitić. After him are Cha Bum-kun, Hakan Şükür, Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Gianpiero Combi, Zlatko Čajkovski, and Koji Funamoto.

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Among people born in 1972, Rui Costa ranks 27Before him are Jennifer Garner, Najwa Nimri, Jean Dujardin, Robin Tunney, Sofía Vergara, and Rubens Barrichello. After him are Queen Letizia of Spain, Busta Rhymes, Gabriel Macht, Idris Elba, Mauricio Pochettino, and Alyssa Milano.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Rui Costa ranks 126 out of 479Before him are António Ramalho Eanes (1935), Infanta Antónia of Portugal (1845), Infanta Maria Francisca of Braganza (1800), Al-Mu'tamid ibn Abbad (1040), Gil Vicente (1465), and Francisco Serrão (1500). After him are Jorge Jesus (1954), Manuel Gomes da Costa (1863), Isabel Luísa, Princess of Beira (1669), Beatriz, Duchess of Viseu (1430), Gaspar Corte-Real (1450), and Leonor Teles (1350).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In Portugal

Among soccer players born in Portugal, Rui Costa ranks 3Before him are Cristiano Ronaldo (1985) and Luís Figo (1972). After him are Jorge Jesus (1954), Fernando Santos (1954), Artur Jorge (1946), Paulo Futre (1966), Ricardo Quaresma (1983), Félix Mourinho (1938), Fernando Gomes (1956), Vítor Baía (1969), and Nuno Gomes (1976).