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Rui Costa

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Rui Manuel César Costa, (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. Nicknamed "The Maestro", Costa spent the majority of his football career with Benfica in Portugal and Fiorentina and AC Milan in Italy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rui Costa has received more than 2,001,250 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Rui Costa is the 226th most popular soccer player (up from 407th in 2019), the 113th most popular biography from Portugal (up from 126th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Portuguese Soccer Player.

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  • 52

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  • 11.19

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.57

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among soccer players, Rui Costa ranks 226 out of 16,880Before him are Mauricio Pochettino, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Teófilo Cubillas, Hiroaki Sato, and Ramón Díaz. After him are Toshio Iwatani, Javier Clemente, Akira Kitaguchi, Johnny Rep, Mesut Özil, and Abedi Pele.

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Among people born in 1972, Rui Costa ranks 20Before him are Luís Figo, Vanessa Paradis, Jennifer Garner, Mauricio Pochettino, Maia Sandu, and Lisa Ann. After him are Najwa Nimri, Pedro Sánchez, Rubens Barrichello, Lilian Thuram, Idris Elba, and Queen Letizia of Spain.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Rui Costa ranks 113 out of 555Before him are António Costa (1961), José Maria de Eça de Queirós (1845), Francisco da Costa Gomes (1914), Infanta Antónia of Portugal (1845), Isabel of Coimbra (1432), and Joseph Nasi (1524). After him are Karl Nesselrode (1780), Pedro Nunes (1502), Afonso, Prince of Portugal (1475), Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885), Peter, Duke of Coimbra (1392), and Maria of Portugal, Queen of Castile (1313).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In Portugal

Among soccer players born in Portugal, Rui Costa ranks 5Before him are Cristiano Ronaldo (1985), Fernando Santos (1954), Luís Figo (1972), and Jorge Jesus (1954). After him are Artur Jorge (1946), Ricardo Quaresma (1983), Félix Mourinho (1938), Paulo Sousa (1970), Paulo Futre (1966), Nani (1986), and Vítor Baía (1969).