Maniche’s relationship with Jose Mourinho did not exactly get off to the best of starts, but when the pair worked together at the second of three clubs, Porto, it’s fair to say that early hassle all became worth it.
Maniche, or Nuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro to give him his full name, played in six different countries, won Serie A with Inter, and helped Portugal to the 2000 Euro final and the 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, but the highlight of his career undoubtedly came in 2004 when he was part of Mourinho’s Porto team which incredibly won the Champions League.
And Mourinho was such a crucial figure in Maniche’s career that he wrote the preface of his new autobiography, ‘Maniche 18’.
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