The Paraguayan was indeed irresistible during those fixtures, and with David Luiz, Javi Garcia, Angel Di Maria, Ramires and Fabio Coentrao also featuring, Benfica proved quite an imposing force.
Yet, as impressed as Goodison Park was with Cardozo, the link has always seemed a strange one for fans to believe. Realistically, the chances of him ever moving to Everton have always seemed remote at best.
Well-documented financial restraints require David Moyes to operate in a shrewd and meticulous manner in transfer windows, seeking cheaper bargains or buys with the potential to develop and increase in worth.
Already 29, and still valued at around £16 million, Cardozo simply doesn't meet any of Everton's criteria.
Along with a combative central midfielder, the Toffees are certainly in need of support for Nikica Jelavic up front, and whilst Cardozo won't be the solution, Moyes may well use January to shore up his attacking ranks.
Other potential targets may not be of a higher calibre than the Benfica man, but there are far more practical options out there for Everton that would maintain their sustainability and not completely dismiss their business structure.
This slide does not aim to completely devalue Cardozo, but merely highlight how unrealistic it currently is to link a multimillion-pound 29-year-old striker to Everton.
Here is a look at some more likely names Moyes may be considering that would not shake the foundations of an already impoverished club.