The Best Soccer Players from Portugal Football Players (Soccer)

The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

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List of the best soccer players from Portugal. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Portugal, along with photos when available. This list of best Portuguese soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Portuguese soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

List ranges from Paulo Jorge Carreira Nunes to Ednilson and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Portuguese footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Portuguese soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Portugal in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Portuguese soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.



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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 Figo
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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
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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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    Mário Esteves Coluna was a Portuguese footballer who played mainly as a central midfielder. He spent most of his career with Benfica, appearing in 525 official games and scoring 127 goals during 16 professional seasons. Dubbed Monstro Sagrado he won 19 major titles with his main club, including ten ...more

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    • Position: Wing half, Inside forward, Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Inhaca, Mozambique
    • Nationality: Portugal, Mozambique
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    Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, ComM, OIH, known as Pauleta, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker. During 18 years as a senior, he never played in the Portuguese first division, having spent most of his professional career in Spain and France. Pauleta scored 47 goals in 88 matches ...more

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    • Position: Forward
    • Birthplace: Ponta Delgada, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    João Manuel Vieira Pinto is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a forward. Blessed with formidable playmaker skills and scoring ability, he made his name mostly at a domestic level and as a key figure in the Portuguese national team's "Golden Generation", collecting 138 caps and scoring ...more

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    • Position: Forward
    • Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro, known as Nuno Gomes, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker. He was given the nickname Gomes during childhood after Fernando Gomes, and was one of the country's most recognisable offensive players in the 1990s/2000s; he consistently scored for both ...more

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    • Position: Forward
    • Birthplace: Amarante, Portugal, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa, CavIH is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and the current coach of FC Basel. He was a member of the "Portuguese Golden Generation". Starting his career at Benfica, he also represented Sporting in his country where he amassed Primeira ...more

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    • Position: Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Viseu, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He played his entire career with Sporting Clube de Portugal, scoring 544 goals all games comprised, winning eleven major titles and being crowned his country's top division scorer on six occasions.more

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    • Position: Forward
    • Birthplace: Humpata, Angola
    • Nationality: Portugal, Angola
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    Sebastião Lucas da Fonseca, commonly known as Matateu, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. His professional career, which spanned more than 30 years, was closely associated to Belenenses. He won the Bola de Prata twice during his spell with the club, and scored 218 goals in 289 Primeira ...more

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    • Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    José Manuel Soares, known as Pepe, was a Portuguese footballer. He was born in Lisbon. During his brief career, he was a forward for CF Belenenses and was considered by many to be Portugal's best player. On 16 March 1927, at age 19, he played his first game, in Lisbon, for Portugal, which won in a 4–0 ...more

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    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Fernando Chalana

    Fernando Albino de Sousa Chalana is a Portuguese retired footballer and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest talents of his era in Portuguese football, the diminutive left winger's main asset was his ball control and dribbling skills. His career, highly troubled by injuries, was mainly spent ...more

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    • Position: Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Barreiro
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Vítor Manuel Martins Baía, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His career was intimately connected with F.C. Porto, which he started representing professionally still in his teens, helping it to 26 titles and eventually remaining with the club in an ambassadorial ...more

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    • Position: Goalkeeper
    • Birthplace: São Pedro da Afurada, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho is a Portuguese footballer who plays for AS Monaco FC in Ligue 1 and the Portuguese national team. Mainly a central midfielder he can also operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, and on either flank. He started his professional career with Sporting, moving in ...more

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    • Position: Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Portimão, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Nani
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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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    Ricardo Quaresma
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    Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Porto as a winger. He began his career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has also played for Barcelona, Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Beşiktaş and Al Ahli Dubai. He is popular for incorporating a repertoire ...more

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    • Position: Forward, Midfielder
    • Birthplace: Vila Nova de Famalicão Municipality, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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