He is Belenenses' greatest living legend. Lucas, the brother of Matateu (the greatest football player ever, according to him), became famous for flawlessly marking Pele and for his clean ball steals. He finished his 11-year-old career without receiving a single card.
A car accident after a brilliant performance in the 1966 World Cup took away his eye and the dream of continuing to play football. He has gone through some sad moments. He still does. Life would be even more ungrateful, taking each of his legs at a time. Now, even in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home, his memories remain intact. He proudly speaks of his brother Matateu, Otto Glória, Pelé and Belenenses, always Belenenses... Stories that his friends Afonso Sousa e Carlos Lura crave to listen every week. Sweet Feet, as he became known, can be proud of having been hired by Américo Tomás, the former President of the Portuguese Republic.
Let's start with the most famous episode. What everyone still remembers today, even after more than 40 years, is the marking of Pelé in Portugal's match against Brazil for the 1966 World Cup. It was a world-famous performance, and people still talk about it...
There's nothing much to say about that thing with Pelé. Marking Pelé was a coincidence. He thinks that back then (1960s-1970s) there was no such thing as tactics. There was man-to-man marking, and it was often the player himself who would decide who to mark. Otto Glória, who was coaching Belenenses and knew Pelé, told me: "Keep an eye on him. If he goes to the bathroom, you go with him." I tried, but he fled to the left, to the right, to the middle... You can't mark a player like that. It was difficult, he was an extraordinary player who didn't play in one place. I marked him and I wasn't too bad. I don't know how, but I did. And we won by 3-1. But I tell you this: neither Pelé nor Eusébio could compare to Matateu. And I don't say this because he was my brother, but because he was a hell of a player.
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