Lisbon - Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz has joined Sporting
Lisbon from Fulham on a three-year contract which includes a 60 million euros
($66.16 million) buyout clause, the Portuguese club said on its website.
Apart from a six-month loan spell at PSV Eindhoven last
year, the 29-year-old attacking midfielder spent four seasons at Fulham, the
last in the second tier of English football.
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Ruiz played a key role in Costa Rica's run to the
quarter-finals at the World Cup last year, scoring the winner in their 1-0
victory over Italy and in the 1-1 draw with Greece in the round of 16, a game
his side won on penalties.
"It's a wonderful opportunity," said Ruiz on
Sporting finished third in the Portuguese league last season
but pulled off a major coup by signing coach Jorge Jesus from arch-rivals and
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