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The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

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The top soccer players from Portugal have won their national team several championships in several different leagues. Most recently, they won the 2016 European Championship in an action-packed victory against France. On that particular team, the Portuguese players were led by veteran team captain Cristiano Ronaldo. But does that make him the best Portuguese footballer of all time? See what other people think in the ranking below.

If you’re looking for a specific player to see where they rank amongst others, use the search box on the top of the list. Otherwise, be sure to vote up your favorite Portuguese soccer players and add any that are missing. In terms of goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scoring Portuguese soccer player, followed by Pauleta in a distant second. In addition to scoring, Ronaldo was also the youngest player to reach 100 caps; accomplishing that feat at the age of 27. Those records alone makes him one of the most famous people from Portugal.

But do those feats alone make Ronaldo among the best soccer players from Portugal? He should be in the top ten at the very least. Other players in the discussion include Nuno Gomes and Ricardo Carvalho. So vote up who you think are the best soccer players from Portugal and add any you feel are missing from the list.
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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal. By the age of 22, Ronaldo had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World ...more

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    • Position: Forward, Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, GCIH, GCM, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 749 goals in 745 matches at club level and 41 goals for his national team, a total of 790 ...more

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    • Position: Forward
    • Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
    • Nationality: Portugal, Mozambique
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    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer. He played as a winger for Sporting CP, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portugal national football team. Renowned for his creativity and having the ability to ...more

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    • Position: Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Rui Manuel César Costa, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer and former director of football of S.L. Benfica. He is a current councilor for Benfica's S.A.D.. Costa played in a creative role as an attacking midfielder but was also capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker, and was renowned for his ...more

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    • Position: Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a left winger. After starting playing for Sporting, he moved to Porto – winning the 1987 European Cup – after which he embarked in an extensive professional career, having represented clubs in Spain, France, Italy and ...more

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    • Position: Forward, Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Montijo
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Anderson Luís de Souza, known as Deco, is a Portuguese retired footballer. Deco is one of the few players to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs – FC Porto in 2004 and FC Barcelona in 2006. He was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Best Midfielder in Porto's ...more

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    • Position: Midfielder
    • Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
    • Nationality: Portugal, Brazil
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    Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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    Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho, OIH, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a centre back for AS Monaco FC and the Portuguese national team. Carvalho was born in Amarante where he played for the local team, Amarante Futebol Clube. By his great performance as a youngster, he was spotted by the ...more

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    • Position: Defender
    • Birthplace: Amarante, Portugal, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Nani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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    Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, commonly known as Nani or Luís Nani, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Sporting CP, on loan from English club Manchester United, and the Portugal national team. Although predominantly right-footed, he has been utilised on the left wing on ...more

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    • Position: Forward, Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Praia, Cape Verde
    • Nationality: Portugal, Cape Verde
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