Vice-president of Vieira’s list, Rui Costa had a lapse that points to succession.
Rui Costa was the last to enter the hotel for the presentation of the corporate bodies on the list of Luís Filipe Vieira. Complimented by everyone, the ex-player’s rise to number two was signaled by his teammates. When he went up to the platform, he thanked the bet and made a mistake in his speech.
“Fernando Martins brought me to Benfica. Then I went back to play at Vieira’s hands, then becoming president”, he said, hurrying to correct for “manager”.
The room erupted in laughter and the SAD administrator himself smiled, reinforcing the idea launched by Vieira that he may be preparing Rui Costa for the throne. Afterwards, the ex-player lingered over the conversation with José Eduardo Moniz, who remains number 3 of the Board, both in friendly mode, while other elements spoke animatedly.