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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 21 June 2007.2 National team caps and goals correctas of 21 June 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Pedro Manuel Torres (born March 18, 1982 in Huambo), is an Angolan football player. He currently plays for Benfica, from Lisbon. He has also played for F.C. Alverca and is a key player of the Angola national team. Mantorras has suffered a serious knee injury early in his career, having been subjected to surgical procedures for four times and forced to remain away from the pitches for two and a half years.

Mantorras' nickname derives from the fact that, as a child, he has suffered slight accidental burns. He was then known as "Man torras", from the Angolan expression "Mano Torras", which means "Toasted brother".

Mantorras started his career as a professional footballer in Angola, at Progresso do Sambizanga. He quickly caught the eye of Portuguese scouts, having been transferred to Alverca shortly after. Mantorras helped them achieve its promotion to the Portuguese Liga and shined during his season season in the club, reaching the top after scoring a hat-trick in a surprising victory for 4-1 against Sporting CP.

In 2002, Mantorras suffered a serious knee injury that almost put an end to his short career. He spent approximately two and a half years recovering, during which he was subject to four surgical procedures. He returned to the pitches during the 2004-2005 season and was a decisive player on Benfica's journey to its first league title in 11 years.

Even though Mantorras is nowadays considered fully recovered, he failed to establish himself as a first team player, playing only for a few minutes throughout the season. However, he remains as a favorite amongst the club's supporters due to his flamboyant style. Despite the fact the Mantorras is not playing as much as he would like, according to his own statements, he remains faithful to the club, having declared that he intends to end his career at Benfica and that he would remain in the club even if he was not paid a salary.

He was part of the Angolan National Team that was the first ever African Portuguese-speaking country to qualify for the World Cup, in 2006.

Benfica's highly-rated Angolan striker Mantorras obviously is not one to forget his roots. Soon after joining the Lisbon club, he turned his thoughts to the less fortunate in his homeland, promising to donate a hefty percentage of his wages to set up a home for street kids in Luanda.

"I feel so sorry for children in Angola" says Mantorras. "I know what it's like to go hungry and to sleep on the street. My father died when I was three months old and my mother when I was 16. I had a brother to look after and became the head of the family very young. I had a lot of difficulties early in my life. Now that my fortunes have improved, I'm going to do what I can to help the underprivileged".



 


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