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The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

Updated August 18, 2021 28.3k votes 4.4k voters 140.4k views169 items

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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.

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 Eusebio and Luis Figo. 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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  • 1
    Forward, Midfielder
    2,601
    443

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team....  more

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  • 2
    Forward
    1,471
    345

    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique

    Eusébio da Silva Ferreira GCIH GCM (European Portuguese: [ewˈzɛβju ðɐ ˈsiɫvɐ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; 25 January 1942 – 5 January 2014) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered by...  more
  • 3
    Midfielder
    1,355
    228

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ ˈfiɣu]; born 4 November 1972) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Sporting CP,...  more

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  • 4
    Midfielder
    805
    274

    BirthplaceAmadora, Portugal

    Rui Manuel César Costa OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁuj ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born 29 March 1972) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer. Regarded as one of the best midfielders in world football and...  more
  • 5
    Midfielder
    769
    231

    BirthplaceSão Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

    Anderson Luís de Souza (born 27 August 1977), known as Deco (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdɛku]), is a retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or central midfielder. Deco...  more

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  • 6
    Forward, Midfielder
    699
    262

    BirthplaceMontijo, Portugal

    Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈfutɾɨ]; born 28 February 1966) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a left winger. After starting playing for...  more
  • 7
    549
    224

    BirthplaceAmarante, Portugal, Portugal

    Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾðu kɐɾˈvaʎu]; born 18 May 1978) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a centre back. He is...  more

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  • 8
    Forward, Midfielder
    898
    400

    BirthplaceVila Nova de Famalicão Municipality, Portugal

    Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (European Portuguese: [ʁiˈkaɾðu kwɐˈɾɛʒmɐ]; born 26 September 1983) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Turkish club Beşiktaş J.K. and...  more

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  • 9
    320
    122

    BirthplaceBarreiro, Portugal

    Fernando Albino de Sousa Chalana (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃ðu ʃɐˈlɐnɐ]; born 10 February 1959) is a retired Portuguese football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest...  more
  • 10
    Forward
    411
    189

    BirthplacePonta Delgada, Portugal

    This article is about the footballer. For the futsal player, see Pauleta (futsal player). Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, ComM, OIH (born 28 April 1973), known as Pauleta (Portuguese pronunciation:...  more
  • 11
    Forward, Midfielder
    528
    230

    BirthplacePraia, Cape Verde

    Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha ComM (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani (Portuguese pronunciation: [naˈni]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Orlando City...  more

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  • 12
    Midfielder
    409
    180

    BirthplacePortimão, Portugal

    João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (European Portuguese: [ˈʒwɐ̃w fɨˈlip iˈɾi.ɐ ˈsɐ̃tuʒ mo(w)ˈtĩɲu]; born 8 September 1986) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Premier League club Wolverhampton...  more
  • 13
    Wing half, Inside forward
    365
    144

    BirthplaceInhaca, Mozambique

    Mário Esteves Coluna (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾiu kuˈlunɐ]; 6 August 1935 – 25 February 2014) was a Portuguese footballer who played mainly as a central midfielder. He spent most of his career...  more
  • 14
    Goalkeeper
    395
    187

    BirthplaceSão Pedro da Afurada, Portugal

    Vítor Manuel Martins Baía, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvitɔɾ bɐˈiɐ]; born 15 October 1969) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. One of the most successful and decorated...  more
  • 15
    176
    53

    BirthplaceEspinho, Portugal, Portugal

    Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, OIH (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈko(w)tu]; born 2 August 1969) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a central defender. During a 21-year professional career he...  more
  • 16
    Midfielder
    313
    142

    BirthplaceViseu, Portugal

    Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa, CavIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈso(w)zɐ]; born 30 August 1970) is a Portuguese football manager and former player who played as a defensive midfielder. He is...  more
  • 17
    267
    91

    BirthplaceHumpata, Angola

    Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos (10 March 1918 – 28 November 1978) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He played his entire professional career with Sporting,...  more
  • 18
    258
    101

    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    João Manuel Vieira Pinto CvIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w̃ ˈpĩtu]; born 19 August 1971) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played mostly as a forward. Blessed with playmaking...  more
  • 19
    Forward
    342
    167

    BirthplaceAmarante, Portugal, Portugal

    Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro OIH (born 5 July 1976), known as Nuno Gomes, is a former Portuguese professional footballer who played as a striker. He was given the nickname Gomes during...  more
  • 20
    319
    161

    BirthplaceRua do Embaixador, Lisbon, Portugal

    José Manoel Soares (30 January 1908 – 24 October 1931), known as Pepe, was a Portuguese footballer. During his brief career, he played as an inside forward for CF Belenenses and the Portugal national...  more
  • 21
    Forward, Midfielder
    167
    70

    BirthplaceVila Real, Portugal

    Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa OIH (born 31 October 1979), known mononymously as Simão (Portuguese pronunciation: [siˈmɐ̃w̃]), is a former Portuguese footballer who played mainly as a left winger, with...  more
  • 22
    Goalkeeper
    176
    90

    BirthplaceGolegã Municipality, Portugal

    Manuel Galrinho Bento (25 June 1948 – 1 March 2007) was a Portuguese professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Bento was best known for his 20-year spell at Benfica, having retired well...  more
  • 23
    Striker
    213
    106

    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique

    Sebastião Lucas da Fonseca (26 July 1927 – 27 January 2000), known as Matateu (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐtɐˈtew]), was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. His professional career,...  more
  • 24
    148
    77

    BirthplaceBenguela, Angola

    Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj ʒuɾˈðɐ̃w̃]; born 9 August 1952) is a Portuguese retired footballer. His career was spent mostly with two of the biggest clubs in the...  more
  • 25
    Midfielder
    126
    82

    BirthplaceParedes, Portugal

    Rui Gil Soares de Barros (born 24 November 1965) is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and is the manager of FC Porto B. He played with success in...  more
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