Rui Manuel César Costa, usually referred to simply as Rui Costa
(born March 29, 1972 in Lisbon), is a Portuguese football player.
He is a midfielder for Italian club superpower A.C. Milan and
the Portuguese national team. In 2004, he was named by Pelé to
the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living football players.
Rui Costa is a member of the so-called "golden generation" in
Portuguese football. The Portuguese under-20 national team won
two successive World Youth Cups in 1989 and 1991; Rui Costa and
fellow FIFA 100 member Luis Figo were stars on the 1991 team.
With their spectacular success at youth level, much was expected
of the Portuguese national team at senior level as their galaxy
of stars matured. However, they did not win a major
international tournament at senior level, although the last
several members helped lead Portugal to its first-ever major
final at Euro 2004, losing to Greece.
Prior to Milan, Rui Costa played for Benfica and Fiorentina. On
3 July 2004 he announced he was leaving the Portuguese national