For someone so skilful, Deco spent much of his career overshadowed by bigger talents.
His Barcelona career saw him play second (or third) fiddle to Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi, while at Chelsea the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard hogged the limelight. And for his adopted nation of Portugal, he had to fight Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo for free-kick duties.
Still, having such illustrious team-mates means two things:
1-A bulging trophy cabinet featuring Champions League medals with Porto and Barcelona, and league championship winner's medals from three countries.
2-It made for pretty entertaining viewing when he got his mates together for a testimonial.
Messi, Xavi and Samuel Eto'o were among the guests as Porto's 2004 Champions League winners took on the 2006 Barcelona vintage, with Deco playing on both sides.
And for once, the man himself proved the star of the show, scoring two outrageously nonchalant goals.
First he chipped the ball coolly into the Porto net to make it 2-2. Then, late on and having switched sides, he scored a brilliant equaliser with the most laid-back volley you'll ever see as the game ended 4-4.
But Messi wasn't prepared to be upstaged completely - check out this sensational run to tee up an Eto'o tap-in.
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