Rangers flop Fabio Cardoso has been resurrecting his flailing career in Portugal, and now stands as one of the country’s emerging centre-back talents.
That’s the view of his current manager at Santa Clara, Joao Henriques, who said Cardoso is “one of the best Portuguese central defenders of this new generation” [Scottish Sun].
It’s not the only commendation Cardoso has received either.
The 25-year-old centre-half and Santa Clara captain was named in the Primeira Liga’s Team of the Season last year and was even linked with a move to Portuguese giants Benfica [Correio de Manha].
It’s quite the transformation from broken noses in Hampden cup semi defeats and being released from his contract at Ibrox.
Given Rangers shelled out £1.5m to Vitoria Setubal for Cardoso before ripping up his contract by mutual consent, he’ll go down as another expensive flop from the Caixinha era.
But like many players, Cardoso clearly struggled to adapt to life at a big club and in Scotland.
Now, he’s reignited his career and looks to be establishing himself as one of the main stars of the Portuguese division.
Will Rangers live to rue letting him go for nothing after only one season in Scotland?
Maybe, but even if Fabio Cardoso was to go on to play for the Portuguese national side or a Benfica, the likelihood of him earning those achievements whilst at Ibrox would’ve been very slim.
The decision to let the defender go is proving to be the best one for both parties.
Even if it means Rangers missed out on getting the best from the defender.