Soccer Players 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward, Midfielder
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 ...more
2
1,030 286
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward
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 ...more
3
969 199
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
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 ...more
4
591 209
Rui Costa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
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 ...more
5
547 191
Paulo Futre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward, Midfielder
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 ...more
6
711 228
Ricardo Quaresma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward, Midfielder
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 ...more
7
544 193
Deco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
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 ...more
8
396 181
Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Defender
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 ...more
9
307 122
Vítor Baía is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Goalkeeper
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 ...more
10
309 115
Pauleta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward
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 ...more
11
293 113
Mário Coluna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Wing half, Inside forward, Midfielder
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 ...more
12
275 116
Nuno Gomes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward
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 ...more
13
262 79
Maniche is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
Nuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro, OIH, known as Maniche, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central midfielder. Known for his teamwork, stamina and powerful shot, he received his ...more
14
195 63
Fernando Chalana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
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 ...more
15
259 122
Paulo Sousa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
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 ...more
16
380 183
Nani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward, Midfielder
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 ...more
17
315 145
Pepe Soares is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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 ...more
18
277 123
João Moutinho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
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 ...more
19
187 75
Fernando Peyroteo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward
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 ...more
20
203 69
João Vieira Pinto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward
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 ...more
21
222 100
Matateu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
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 ...more
22
161 73
Manuel Bento is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Goalkeeper
Manuel Galrinho Bento was a Portuguese professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was best known for his 20-year spell at Benfica, having retired well into his 40's after appearing ...more
23
123 30
Rui Patrício is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Goalkeeper
Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal and the Portuguese national team as a goalkeeper. He spent most of his ...more
24
113 56
Rui Barros is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder
Rui Gil Soares de Barros is a Portuguese retired footballer. A diminutive attacking midfielder, he played with success in Portugal, Italy – at Juventus – and France, later becoming an assistant ...more
25
136 62
Rui Jordão is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward
Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão is a Portuguese retired footballer. One of the most prolific strikers in the history of Portuguese football, his career was mainly associated with two of the ...more