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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward and Midfielder from Santo António, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (European Portuguese: [kɾiʃˈtjɐnu ʁoˈnaɫdu]; born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club ...more

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

Nationality: Portugal, 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. ...more

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

Nationality: 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 ...more

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

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Paulo Futre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward and Midfielder from Montijo

Nationality: 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
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Ricardo Quaresma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward and Midfielder from Vila Nova de Famalicão Municipality, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Deco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder from São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

Nationality: Portugal, 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 ...more

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Ricardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Defender from Amarante, Portugal, Portugal

Nationality: 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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Pauleta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward from Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Vítor Baía... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Goalkeeper from São Pedro da Afurada, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Nani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward and Midfielder from Praia, 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 ...more

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João Moutinho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder from Portimão, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Fernando Chalana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder from Barreiro

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Pepe Soares is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Nuno Gomes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward from Amarante, Portugal, Portugal

Nationality: 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
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Mário Coluna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Wing half and Inside forward from Inhaca, Mozambique

Nationality: Portugal, 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 ...more
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Paulo Sousa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder from Viseu, Portugal

Nationality: 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. ...more
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João Vieira Pinto... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward from Porto, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Manuel Bento is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Manuel Bento Goalkeeper from Golegã Municipality, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Fernando Peyroteo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Fernando Peyroteo Forward from Humpata, Angola

Nationality: Portugal, 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 ...more
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Matateu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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 ...more
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Simão Sabrosa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward and Midfielder from Vila Real, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Fernando Couto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Defender from Espinho, Portugal, Portugal

Nationality: 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 ...more
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Sérgio Concei&cce... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Midfielder from Coimbra, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒiu kõsɐjˈsɐ̃w̃]; born 15 November 1974) is a Portuguese former footballer who played mostly as a ...more
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Rui Jordão is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Forward from Benguela, Angola

Nationality: Portugal, 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 ...more