With over 250 million footballers worldwide, you would think there would be a wide range of names.
While that is the case, when it comes to the letter Q, there aren’t that many players whose name begins with it or even has it in their name.
Despite it being quite rare, there are some decent footballers who have Q in their name, and in this post, I will take you through 7 of them who have played at a high level.
Some of these you will recognize, while others you may not have even realized they had a Q in their name.
So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
1. Ricardo Quaresma
If you ask anyone to think of a footballer beginning with Q, they may struggle; however, if they do think of one, then Portuguese international Ricardo Quaresma may be the first one that comes to mind.
A gifted player who, you could argue, had the potential to achieve more and do more in the sport is still recognized as a quality footballer who is still going strong at 38.
While being in the same shadow and age as national teammate Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t helped matters, he has struggled to live up to expectations since rising the ranks at Sporting Lisbon.
The player who currently plays for Vitoria Guimaraes has managed to win many trophies, including league titles in Portugal, Italy, and Turkey.
Aswell as notably being a part of the Portuguese team that won the Euro 2016 in France.
Now, if despite saying all that, you have no clue who he is, then this video below may look familiar, as he has also been known for pulling off outside the box shot, which has been a signature skill of his over the years.
2. David De Gea Quintana
David De Gea is next on the list, and while many football fans won’t know he has a Q in his name, his second/maternal name is Quintana.
The Spanish international who has a Q in his name who is also one of the highest-paid players in the world hasn’t enjoyed had the best few years of late.
A loss of form and confidence has seen him lose his place in the Spanish international team, while below-par performances have seen him lose his tag as the best keeper in the world over the past couple of seasons.
While he may have struggled, there is still faith that the once highly regarded keeper can return to his best.
His shot-stopping and reflexes over the years for united have almost single-handedly won matches for them.
3. Allan Marques Loureiro
Even before moving to his current club Everton, Brazilian midfielder Allan has been showing his class for years.
He got praises around Europe for his defensive displays for Napoli, during which he played 168 games during a 5-year spell between 2015 and 2020.
In the 2017/18 season, he was part of the Napoli side that challenged Juventus all the way until the last game, with them just falling short by one point finishing the campaign second.
However, his displays during his time in Naples didn’t go unnoticed, with many clubs fighting for his service. Everton got him in the end for a fee of £21.7 million in 2020.
4. João Félix
With a massive price tag of £113 million and so much expectation put on the shoulder of João Félix, it was going to be a tough ask for him to make an immediate impact in Madrid.
That has been the case has Felix, who has struggled for consistency since hitting the capital despite on occasion showing a brief glimpse of why Atletico Madrid broke their club record.
The 22-year-old, who has the maternal name of ‘Sequeira,’ is a youngster with bags of talent and the potential to become one of the best in the world eventually.
5. Lucas Vazquez
Next up, we have Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid, a player who has been a solid squad member and shown his versatility playing both as a right-back and a right midfielder.
Despite his career at the top level only really getting going in 2015, the Spanish international has achieved the goals of many footballers by winning both domestic titles and 3 Champions League titles.
Now at 30, Vazquez still adds quality and depth to a Real Madrid team full to the brim of talent.
6. Fabio Quagliarella
For most footballers, the best playing days are had before 30,
However, for Fabio Quagliarella, he is someone who has turned that stereotype on its head, with his last few years in football being nothing short of astonishing.
Thirty-eight years of age now, the veteran has enjoyed his best spell in front of goal at current club Sampdoria scoring 87 goals in 200 games.
That includes a remarkable 2017/18 campaign that saw him score 26 times in 37 appearances in the league.
While inevitably, the Italian has slowed down in recent years with him just over a year away from hitting 40, however, he is still a player who, given a chance in front of goal, will 9 times out of 10 take it.
7. Maxence Caqueret
Youngster Maxence Caqueret is another promising footballer with a Q in his name, who is showing plenty of promise at Olympique Lyonnais.
Coming at the ranks at Lyon, the 21-year-old has been going about his business, putting in solid displays in midfield.
The Frenchman has been showing maturity beyond his years since debuting in 2019.
His ability to read the game is at a high level, while the boy also has a great engine on him too.
With him already establishing himself as one of the first on the team sheet, alongside fellow youngsters Houssem Aouar and Bruno Guimarães, its only a matter of time before clubs around Europe try to acquire his services.