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The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

Updated January 27, 2021 27.3k votes 4.0k voters 128.7k views147 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.

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 Ronaldo1
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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese...  more

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  • Eusébio2
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    Eusébio

    Forward

    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique

    NationalityPortugal, Mozambique

    Eusébio da Silva Ferreira GCIH GCM (European Portuguese: [ewˈzɛβju ðɐ ˈsiɫvɐ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; 25...  more
  • Luís Figo3
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    Luís Figo

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ ˈfiɣu]; born 4 November...  more

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  • Rui Costa4
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    Rui Costa

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmadora, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Rui Manuel César Costa OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁuj ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born 29 March 1972) is a...  more
  • Paulo Futre5
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    Paulo Futre

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontijo

    NationalityPortugal

    Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈfutɾɨ]; born 28 February...  more
  • Deco6
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    Deco

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSão Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

    NationalityPortugal, Brazil

    Anderson Luís de Souza (born 27 August 1977), known as Deco (Portuguese pronunciation:...  more

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  • Ricardo Carvalho7
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    BirthplaceAmarante, Portugal, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾðu kɐɾˈvaʎu]; born...  more

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  • Fernando Chalana8
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    BirthplaceBarreiro

    NationalityPortugal

    Fernando Albino de Sousa Chalana (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃ðu ʃɐˈlɐnɐ]; born 10...  more
  • Ricardo Quaresma9
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    Ricardo Quaresma

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceVila Nova de Famalicão Municipality, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (European Portuguese: [ʁiˈkaɾðu kwɐˈɾɛʒmɐ]; born 26...  more
  • Pauleta10
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    Pauleta

    Forward

    BirthplacePonta Delgada, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    This article is about the footballer. For the futsal player, see Pauleta (futsal...  more
  • Mário Coluna11
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    Mário Coluna

    Wing half, Inside forward

    BirthplaceInhaca, Mozambique

    NationalityPortugal, Mozambique

    Mário Esteves Coluna (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾiu kuˈlunɐ]; 6 August 1935 – 25 February...  more
  • Vítor Baía12
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    Vítor Baía

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSão Pedro da Afurada, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Vítor Manuel Martins Baía, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvitɔɾ bɐˈiɐ]; born 15 October...  more
  • Nani13
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    Nani

    Forward, Midfielder
    Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha ComM (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani (Portuguese...  more

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  • Paulo Sousa14
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    Paulo Sousa

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceViseu, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa, CavIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈso(w)zɐ]; born 30...  more
  • João Moutinho15
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    João Moutinho

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePortimão, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (European Portuguese: [ˈʒwɐ̃w fɨˈlip iˈɾi.ɐ ˈsɐ̃tuʒ...  more
  • João Vieira Pinto16
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    BirthplacePorto, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    João Manuel Vieira Pinto CvIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w̃ ˈpĩtu]; born 19 August 1971)...  more
  • Fernando Peyroteo17
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    Fernando Peyroteo

    Forward

    BirthplaceHumpata, Angola

    NationalityPortugal, Angola

    Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos (10 March 1918 – 28 November 1978) was a...  more
  • Nuno Gomes18
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    Nuno Gomes

    Forward

    BirthplaceAmarante, Portugal, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro OIH (born 5 July 1976), known as Nuno Gomes, is a former...  more
  • Fernando Couto19
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    BirthplaceEspinho, Portugal, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, OIH (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈko(w)tu]; born 2 August 1969) is a...  more
  • Pepe Soares20
    José Manoel Soares (30 January 1908 – 24 October 1931), known as Pepe, was a Portuguese...  more
  • Simão Sabrosa21
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    Simão Sabrosa

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceVila Real, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa OIH (born 31 October 1979), known mononymously as Simão...  more
  • Manuel Bento22
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    Manuel Bento

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceGolegã Municipality, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Manuel Galrinho Bento (25 June 1948 – 1 March 2007) was a Portuguese professional footballer...  more
  • Matateu23
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    Sebastião Lucas da Fonseca (26 July 1927 – 27 January 2000), known as Matateu (Portuguese...  more
  • Rui Jordão24
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    BirthplaceBenguela, Angola

    NationalityPortugal,Angola

    Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj ʒuɾˈðɐ̃w̃]; born 9 August 1952) is...  more
  • Rui Barros25
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    Rui Barros

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceParedes, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Rui Gil Soares de Barros (born 24 November 1965) is a Portuguese former professional...  more