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
Cristiano Ronaldo 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

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

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

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

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Rui Costa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Rui Costa 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

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Paulo Futre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Paulo Futre 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

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Deco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Deco 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

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

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Paulo Sousa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Paulo Sousa 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

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Vítor Baía is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Vítor Baía 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

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Mário Coluna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Mário Coluna 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

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Pepe Soares is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Pepe Soares 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

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Nani is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Nani 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

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Nuno Gomes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Nuno Gomes 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

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João Moutinho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
João Moutinho 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

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João Vieira Pinto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
João Vieira Pinto 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

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Fernando Peyroteo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Fernando Peyroteo 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

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Matateu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Matateu 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

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Pauleta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Pauleta 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

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Fernando Chalana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Fernando Chalana 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

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Manuel Bento is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Manuel Bento 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

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Rui Jordão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Rui Jordão 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

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Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
CfbOlivais added Feliciano

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Rui Barros is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Rui Barros 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

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José Águas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
José Águas Forward José Pinto de Carvalho Santos Águas was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He enjoyed a lengthy professional spell with Benfica, never scoring less than 18 goals in ...more

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António Simões is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
António Simões Forward, Midfielder António Simões Costa; born 14 December 1943, known as Simões, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left winger. He spent 14 professional seasons with Benfica, ...more

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José Augusto Torres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
José Augusto Torres Forward José Augusto da Costa Sénica Torres was a Portuguese football centre forward and coach. Nicknamed O Bom Gigante, most of his 21-year senior career was spent at Benfica, with great ...more

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José Pereira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
José Pereira José Pereira is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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Sérgio Conceição is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Sérgio Conceição Midfielder Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a right winger, and the current manager of S.C. Braga. Known for his speed and ...more

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Augusto Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
CfbOlivais added Augusto Silva Augusto Silva was a Portuguese footballer who played midfielder for Belenenses and the Portugal national team.

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Vítor Damas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Vítor Damas Goalkeeper Vítor Manuel Afonso Damas de Oliveira, known as Damas, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During a 23-year professional career he was mainly linked with hometown's ...more

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Rui Patrício is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Rui Patrício 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

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Humberto Coelho is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Humberto Coelho Defender Humberto Manuel de Jesus Coelho is a Portuguese retired footballer and manager. Playing in the libero position, he was regarded as one of the greatest of his era and called "the Portuguese ...more

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José Travassos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
José Travassos José António Barreto Travassos was a Portuguese footballer. He played as a forward. Travassos was one of the first Portuguese footballers to achieve international level, playing ...more

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Maniche is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Maniche 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

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João Domingos Pinto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
João Domingos Pinto Defender João Domingos da Silva Pinto is a Portuguese retired footballer and a current manager. Having spent his entire professional career with Porto, he is regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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Fábio Coentrão is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Fábio Coentrão Defender, Midfielder Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Mainly a left back he can also ...more

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Jorge Costa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Jorge Costa Defender Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida, known as Costa, is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of Gabon. Nicknamed Bicho and Tanque by his ...more

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Fernando Gomes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Fernando Gomes Forward Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker. He achieved great success with F.C. Porto during the late 1970s and 80s. While technically only a good ...more

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Mariano Amaro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
CfbOlivais added Mariano Amaro Mariano Rodrigues Amaro, was a Portuguese footballer who played midfielder for Belenenses and the Portugal national team.

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Simão Sabrosa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Simão Sabrosa Forward, Midfielder Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa, OIH, known mononymously as Simão, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays mainly as a left winger, with dribbling and set piece skills as ...more

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Jorge Andrade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Jorge Andrade Defender Jorge Manuel Almeida Gomes de Andrade, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender. After playing two years with Porto he went on to represent Deportivo and ...more

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Nené is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Nené Forward Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Baptista, commonly known as Nené, is a Portuguese retired footballer. A prolific striker he played his entire career with Benfica, appearing in nearly 600 official ...more

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Vicente Lucas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Vicente Lucas Vicente da Fonseca Lucas, simply known as Vicente, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

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Germano de Figueiredo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Germano de Figueiredo Germano Luís de Figueiredo, known as simply Germano, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender. He played most of his career with Benfica, appearing in 131 official ...more

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José Augusto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
José Augusto Midfielder José Augusto is a Brazilian singer. He sings love balladas and romantic music in general, both in Portuguese and Spanish languages. His song "Mi Historia Entre Tus Dedos" peaked ...more

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João Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
João Alves Midfielder João Artur Rosa Alves is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for S.C. Freamunde as a central midfielder.

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Artur de Sousa Pinga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Artur de Sousa Pinga Artur de Sousa, known for his nickname Pinga was a footballer and later coach who made his name in FC Porto, club he served until his death in 1963. One of Portuguese football's most prominent ...more

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Manuel Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
Manuel Fernandes Forward Manuel José Tavares Fernandes is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker, and a current coach. One of the country's most prolific goalscorers, his playing career was ...more

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António Luís Alves Ribeiro Oli... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Portugal
António Luís Alves Ribeiro Oliveira Midfielder António Luís Alves Ribeiro de Oliveira is a Portuguese retired football attacking midfielder and manager. As a player, he notably represented two of the Big Three in his country, ...more