Tanti Auguri Manuel: Rui Costa at 45 

On the day of his 45th birthday, this sketch celebrates the silky brilliance of Manuel Rui Costa.

During his spells at Fiorentina and AC Milan, the Portuguese number 10 enchanted Italy with his creativity and footballing intelligence. He also enjoyed a decorated career, winning two Coppa Italia’s with the Viola and a Scudetto, Champions League and European Super Cup in the Red and Black of Milan.

Known as the Prince of Florence during his time in the Renaissance city,  Rui Costa remains one of Italian football’s iconic fantasisti.

Tanti Auguri Rui!

Design by Federico Manasse: ​​@FedericoManasse

‘When Federico isn’t sketching, he is a columnist and editor for Italian Football Daily. He has also featured on The Football Pink, These Football Times and runs his own website, .’ ​​