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List of famous athletes from Cape Verde, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Cape Verde has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Cape Verde athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Cape Verde and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Cape Verde then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list contains athletes like Rodrigo Mascarenhas and Carlos Pedro Silva Morais.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Cape Verde athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Cape Verde?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Cape Verde in order to get more information about each one.

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Nani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Nani Portugal national football team 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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Rolando is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Rolando Portugal national football team Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca, simply known as Rolando, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Belgian club R.S.C. Anderlecht on loan from F.C. Porto as a central defender.

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Gelson Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Gelson Fernandes Switzerland national football team Gélson da Conceição Tavares Fernandes is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for French club Stade Rennais. He also plays for the Switzerland

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Nélson Marcos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Nélson Marcos Portugal national football team Nélson Augusto Tomar Marcos, known simply as Nélson, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for C.F. Os Belenenses as a right back. After making a name for himself at ...more

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Adilson Tavares Varela is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Adilson Tavares Varela Lausanne Sports Adilson Tavares Varela, commonly known as Cabral, is a Cabo Verdean footballer who currently plays as a midfielder formerly for Sunderland.

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José Emilio Furtado is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
José Emilio Furtado Ionikos José Emílio Robalo Furtado is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Greek club Panegialios F.C. as a striker. He also holds Portuguese citizenship.

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Oceano da Cruz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Oceano da Cruz Sporting Clube de Portugal Oceano Andrade da Cruz, simply known as Oceano, is a Portuguese retired footballer, and a current manager. A defensive midfielder with tremendous physical strength and leadership skills as his ...more

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Edson Rolando Silva Sousa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Edson Rolando Silva Sousa Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ Edson Rolando Silva Sousa is a Portuguese footballer currently unattached. He plays as a forward. Edson Silva signed for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. from PSV Eindhoven shortly before the 2004/05 ...more

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Zé Rui is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Zé Rui Gloria Bistriţa José Rui Tavares da Veiga, commonly known as Zé Rui, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Lusitano Futebol Clube as a left winger.

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Jailson Moreira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Jailson Moreira FC RM Hamm Benfica

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João Moreira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
João Moreira SC Beira-Mar João Vítor Rocha de Carvalho Moreira is a Portuguese footballer who plays for New Zealand club Auckland City FC as a forward.

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Daniel Batista Lima is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Daniel Batista Lima Lamia AS Daniel Batista Lima is a Greek former professional football player of Cape Verdean descent who played as a striker. He has been given the title "Gullit of the poor" by the Italian ...more

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Carlos Alhinho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Carlos Alhinho Carlos Alexandre Fortes Alhinho was a Portuguese professional footballer who played as a central defender, and a manager. He is one of the few players in his generation to have played for the ...more

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Mikoyam Tavares is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Mikoyam Tavares CD Olivais e Moscavide Leonid Mikoyam Fernandes Tavares, aka Mikó, is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Vasco da Gama Atlético Clube as a forward.

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Dany Mendes Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Dany Mendes Ribeiro Gloria Bistriţa Dany Mendes Ribeiro, known as simply Dany, is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for G.D. Interclube in Angola as a forward.

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Nando Maria Neves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Nando Maria Neves Cape Verde national football team Fernando "Nando" Maria Neves is a Cape Verdean football defender, plays for Czech club 1. FK Příbram and Cape Verde national football team.

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Lito is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Lito Académica Cláudio Zélito da Fonseca Fernandes Aguiar, commonly known as Lito, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played mainly as a forward. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 224 ...more

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Toni Varela is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Toni Varela Sparta Rotterdam Toni Santos Varela Monteiro, simply known as Toni Varela, is a Cape Verdean footballer who currently plays for Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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Dário Furtado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Dário Furtado Sporting Clube da Praia Dário Furtado is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Sporting Clube Praia.

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Manuel dos Santos Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Manuel dos Santos Fernandes RC Strasbourg Manuel dos Santos Fernandes, known as Dos Santos, is a retired footballer who played as a left back.

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Janício Martins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Janício Martins Vitória FC Janício de Jesus Gomes Martins, simply known as Janício, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a right back.

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Emerson da Luz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Emerson da Luz Gloria Bistriţa Emerson dos Santos da Luz is a Cape Verdean footballer who currently plays for Cape Verde national football team and for Arouca in the Segunda Divisão Portuguesa Zona Centro, the third ...more

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Nilton Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Nilton Fernandes PFC Chernomorets Burgas Nilton Rogério Cardoso Fernandes, simply known as Nilton, is a Cape Verdean former footballer who played as a midfielder.

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Zé Luís is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Zé Luís José Luís Mendes Andrade, known as Zé Luís, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club S.C. Braga as a striker.

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Mateus Lopes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Mateus Lopes Rio Ave FC Mateus Henrique Fonseca Lopes, simply known as Mateus, is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Portuguese club Sociedade Recreativa Almancilense as a striker. He also holds a Portuguese ...more

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Piguita is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Piguita Carlos Ilídio Moreno Gomes, commonly known as Piguita, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a central defender.

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Danielson Gomes Monteiro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Danielson Gomes Monteiro Al-Nasr Sports Club Dani real name Danielson Gomes Monteiro is Cape Verdean footballer. As of the 2010-11 season, he plays for Real Sport Clube in the Portuguese Second Division. He spent most of his career playing ...more

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José Andrade is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
José Andrade FC Avenir Beggen José Manuel Gomes de Andrade, also known as Zé de Angola, is a Cape Verdean retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He also held Portuguese nationality, due to the ...more

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Pedro Celestino Silva Soares is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Pedro Celestino Silva Soares Pedro Celestino Silva Soares, known as Celestino, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for S.C. Olhanense as a central midfielder. He also holds a Portuguese passport, due to the ...more

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John DeBrito is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
John DeBrito John DeBrito is a former U.S.-Cape Verde soccer player. He was an All American at Southern Connecticut State University, spent at least one season playing indoor soccer, then played eight ...more

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Fredson Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Fredson Rodrigues Fredson Marcelo Andrade Rodrigues, known as simply Fredson, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

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Bijou is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Bijou Davidson Renato da Cruz Coronel, commonly known as Bijou, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Varzim S.C. as a central midfielder.

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Zé Piguita is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Zé Piguita Al-Shamal José Barros Silva also known as Zé Piguita is a retired Cape Verdean footballer who was last a defender for Al Shamal.

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Carlos Pedro Silva Morais is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Carlos Pedro Silva Morais Carlos Pedro Silva Morais, commonly known as Caló, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a left winger.

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Gilson Manuel Silva Alves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Gilson Manuel Silva Alves Gilson Manuel Silva Alves also known as Ja is a Cape Verdean football forward who plays for Olympique du Kef in the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 2.

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Rodrigo Mascarenhas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Rodrigo Mascarenhas Rodrigo Mascarenhas in the Netherlands, is a Cape Verdean basketball player. Mascarenhas played professional basketball in Portugal with F.C. Porto. He then joined countryman Marques Houtman on ...more

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António Paris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
António Paris António Cândido Duarte Paris is a former Portuguese footballer who played as a defender.

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Henrique Ben David is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Henrique Ben David Henrique Ben David was a Portuguese footballer who played for Atlético, as a forward.

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Cao is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Cao Carlos Alberto Correia Fortes, commonly known as Cao, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

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Óscar Duarte is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Cape Verde
Óscar Duarte Óscar Vicente Martins Duarte, known simply as Óscar, is a former Portuguese footballer who played as midfielder. He earned his only cap for the Portugal national football team on 8 ...more