Midfielder who starred for Fiorentina from 1994 to 2001 and was a member of the Portuguese national team from 1993 to 2004.
He started playing soccer at the age of five and joined the Benefica youth system after a very short tryout.
He was one of the most talented members of Portugal's Golden Generation of soccer players.
He grew up in Amadora, Portugal.
He was teammates with defender Paolo Maldini on AC Milan from 2001 to 2006.