Many Leeds United fans have been reacting to some comments from former star Rui Marques, who has revealed he still has lots of fond memories about his old club, in an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Adam Pope.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Marques opened up in a wide-ranging interview and discussed his time with the Peacocks, admitting: “I’m really proud to wear the shirt. It’s a massive, massive club, unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to take the club to the Premier League like this was one of my dreams when I was at Leeds.”
The 42-year-old added his best moment in the famous Whites jersey was when the first team fought back from the infamous -15 points penalty after their demotion to League One, saying: “it’s in my head and it’s going to stay for the rest of my life. It’s gonna stay in my memories forever.”
After arriving at Elland Road on a free transfer from CS Maritimo all the way back in 2005, Marques initially struggled to make much of an impression under Kevin Blackwell, and ended up being shipped out on a short-term loan to Hull City.
Despite a rocky start to his career in England, the ex-Angolan international didn’t give up, and made 95 appearances for United in total, including playing 17 games in the Championship, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist (Transfermarkt).
Predictably, plenty of supporters responded to Marques’ candid chat with Pope, with a large portion of the LUFC faithful gushing over his latest comments. One fan dubbed the “underrated” defender as a “colossus,” while another simply called him a “hero.”
Scroll through the rest of the best reactions down below…
Always wondered what happened to Rui. He seemed to drop off the face of the earth when we released him! One of my favourite players in a dark period for the club.
— DG 🦆 (@ellandduck) April 20, 2020
He was ace. Very assured.
— Leodis74 (@leodis74) April 20, 2020
I remember the Bristol Rovers home game (not *that* one) in 2007/08 and he was absolutely unplayable. Absolute rock at the back
— ¡Josh Townend, Carajo! 💙💛 (@Josh_T95) April 20, 2020
Loved him at Leeds, one of my favourite players of that era
— Samuel Flinn (@chuddsy92) April 20, 2020
He was a colossus then went to the AFCON and was never the same after that
— Bites Yer Legs (@BatesyV3) April 20, 2020
Was a quality player tbh Adam a player that not many people ever think of
— Kenny Brown (@kennybrown1964) April 20, 2020
Liked Rui. Underrated solid defender
— Darren (@dazzlerc) April 20, 2020
Rui Marquez. Another early hero for me.
— Jack Carroll (@fatjacko) April 20, 2020
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