Portugal: a small country with a big influence over the modern transfer market. Every summer another group of talented Primeira Liga players complete moves to Europe’s biggest clubs, deals mostly negotiated on their behalf by the formidable Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes. Here we rewind the clock to 1984 for the tale of another exceptional Portuguese footballer whose talents were in demand across Europe, a Benfica winger who also had the nation’s most formidable agent of the era representing his interests: his wife.
Fernando Chalana was a very different type of Portuguese footballer to the physically commanding all-purpose players of today that are so sought after by the major clubs of England, Spain and Italy. Standing just 5ft 5″ tall with a huge drooping moustache, Chalana was an electrifying winger and a proper throwback to the good old days when wide players were a whirl of fancy footwork, mazy dribbles and an uncanny talent for dropping pinpoint crosses onto the heads of centre forwards.