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List Rules The best soccer players from Portugal or played on the Portuguese national team.

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.
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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Cristiano Ronaldo


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 Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2008, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014. He also won the 2013–14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. In January 2014, Ronaldo scored his 400th senior career goal for club and country aged 28. Often ranked as the best player in the world ...more

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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Eusébio


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 goals. Nicknamed the Black Panther, the Black Pearl, or o Rei, he was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer. He is considered S.L. Benfica's and the Portugal national team's most renowned player and one of the first world-class African strikers. Although born in Mozambique and having an Angolan father, Eusébio, like Matateu and ...more

Position: Forward

Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique

Nationality: Portugal, Mozambique

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#14 on The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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Luís Figo


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 get past defenders, Figo is regarded as one of the greatest wingers of his generation. He made 106 assists in La Liga, the second most in La Liga history, behind Lionel Messi. He won the 2000 Ballon d'Or, 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. Figo is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish ...more

Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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Rui Costa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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Rui Costa


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 fine technique, great vision and excellent passing, which made him a capable assist provider; he is now regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100, as one of the 125 greatest living football players. Nicknamed "the Maestro", Costa spent the majority of his career with Benfica in Portugal and Fiorentina and A.C. Milan in Italy. ...more

Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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