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List of famous athletes from Portugal, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Portugal 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 Portuguese athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Portugal 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 Portugal then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List features athletes like Jorge Costa, Francisco Zuela.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Portuguese athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Portugal?"

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal national football team 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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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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Best Artur Paulo Oliveira da Silva, commonly known as Best, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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Danny FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes, commonly known as Danny, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg as an attacking midfielder. He spent most of his ...more

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Carlos Fernandes Rio Ave FC Carlos Alberto Fernandes, simply known as Carlos, is an Angolan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.

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Ariza Makukula Kayserispor Ariza Makukula is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a centre forward. He only amassed Primeira Liga totals of 26 games and nine goals over the course of three seasons, spending ...more

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Fernanda Ribeiro Maria Fernanda Moreira Ribeiro, GCIH, is a long-distance runner born in Penafiel, Portugal. The pinnacle of her career was at the 1996 Summer Olympics when she won the women's 10,000 m gold ...more

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Francis Obikwelu Francis Obiorah Obikwelu is a Portuguese sprinter specialized in 100 metres and 200 metres. He obtained Portuguese citizenship in 2001.

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Moisés Henriques Moisés Constantino Henriques is a professional Portuguese-born Australian cricketer who currently plays for the New South Wales Blues.

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Rosa Mota Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos Mota is a Portuguese former marathon runner, one of her country's foremost athletes, being the first sportswoman from Portugal to win Olympic gold. Mota was the ...more

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José Bosingwa Chelsea F.C. José Bosingwa da Silva, known as Bosingwa, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Trabzonspor as a right back. An attacking fullback, his pace and ability to ...more

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Vanessa Fernandes Vanessa de Sousa Fernandes, OM, is a Portuguese athlete who is a former triathlon European and world champion, and a Olympic medalist. In duathlon, she was also European and world champion. ...more

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Jéssica Augusto Jéssica de Barros Augusto is a Portuguese runner who competes in cross country, road running and in middle-distance and long-distance track events. Augusto has enjoyed much success at the ...more

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Danny Silva Danny Silva is a Portuguese cross-country skier who has competed since 2004. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 93rd in the 15 km event at Turin in 2006. Silva's best ...more

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Francisco Santos Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, known mainly as Francisco Santos is an Angolan/Portuguese multi-talent artist with many names and faces. As Francisco Lopes Santos he is likely to ...more

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Raul Meireles Portugal national football team Raul José Trindade Meireles is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Süper Lig. Raul Meireles started his career as a trainee ...more

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José Luís Vidigal C.F. Estrela da Amadora José Luís da Cruz Vidigal is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. During his extensive professional career, the no-nonsense midfield battler played ...more

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Deco Chelsea F.C. 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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Carla Sacramento Carla Cristina Paquete Sacramento, OIH is a middle distance runner from Portugal.

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Eusébio 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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Vera Santos Vera Lúcia Montez dos Santos is a Portuguese race walker. She began racing at the senior international level in 2002, taking part in the 2002 European Athletics Championships. Her first ...more

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Luís Lourenço UD Alzira Luís Carlos Lourenço da Silva, known as Lourenço, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward.

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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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Pepe Real Madrid Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, commonly known as Pepe, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team, mainly as a central ...more

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Luís Figo F.C. Internazionale Milano 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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Rui Silva Rui Silva is a Portuguese track and field athlete, who represents Sporting Clube de Portugal. As a distance runner, he specializes at the 1500 and 3000 m events, although he has at times run the ...more

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Sérgio Paulinho Sérgio Miguel Moreira Paulinho is a Portuguese road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Tinkoff-Saxo. He was a domestique in the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Tour de France and won the silver medal ...more

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Ricardo Costa Portugal national football team Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Greek club PAOK FC mainly as a central defender and occasionally as a full back. After making his senior ...more

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Michelle Larcher de Brito Michelle Larcher de Brito is a Portuguese tennis player. Larcher de Brito has won three singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 6 July 2009, she reached her best singles ranking of ...more

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Manuel da Costa West Ham United F.C. Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi, known as Manuel da Costa, is a Moroccan footballer who plays as a centre-back for Sivasspor. He has previously played for Nancy, PSV, Fiorentina, ...more

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Ivanildo Cassamá Portimonense S.C. Ivanildo Soares Cassamá, known as simply Ivanildo, is a Guinea-Bissauan professional footballer who plays for Académica de Coimbra as a winger.

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Bruno Alves Portugal national football team Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK and the Portuguese national team, as a central defender. He spent most of his professional ...more

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Daniel Fernandes Iraklis Daniel Márcio Fernandes is a Portuguese Canadian professional footballer who plays for Panthrakikos F.C. on loan from FC Twente as a goalkeeper.

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Hugo Almeida Beşiktaş J.K. Hugo Miguel Pereira de Almeida is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club FC Kuban Krasnodar and the Portuguese national team as a centre forward. After failing to ...more

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Pedro Emanuel Futebol Clube do Porto Pedro Emanuel dos Santos Martins Silva, known as Pedro Emanuel, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender. After his playing career ended he became a coach. In ...more

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Francisco Zuela Skoda Xanthi Francisco Zuela is an Angolan footballer who last played for Apollon Smyrni in the Greek Superleague.

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Yannick Djaló Sporting Clube de Portugal Yannick dos Santos Djaló is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club FC Mordovia Saransk, on loan from S.L. Benfica, mainly as a forward but also as a winger. He ...more

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Kali Ankaragücü Carlos Manuel Gonçalves Alonso, better known as Kali is an Angolan footballer, who currently plays for Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto.

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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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Anthony da Silva CFR Cluj Anthony da Silva, commonly known as Tony, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Penafiel as a right back.

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Kevin Macedo Alves Kevin Alves is a figure skater.

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Ana Cabecinha Ana Cabecinha is a Portuguese race walker. She was born in Santiago Maior.

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Petit 1. FC Köln Armando Gonçalves Teixeira, known as Petit, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and the current manager of Boavista. He received the moniker Petit ...more

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Carlos Queiroz Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz, ComIH, is a Portuguese football manager who currently manages Iranian national team. A former manager of Real Madrid, he has also been the manager of the ...more

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Manuela Machado Maria Manuela Machado is a former Portuguese long-distance runner, who was particularly successful when running the marathon. Unlike many other marathoners, she did not focus on running city ...more

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Amaury Bischoff Académica Amaury Armindo Bischoff is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for German club SC Preußen Münster as a central midfielder.

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Hélder Cristóvão GD Estoril-Praia Hélder Marino Rodrigues Cristóvão, commonly known as Hélder, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Benfica B.

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Nuno Marques Nuno Miguel Bacelar de Vasconcelos Marques is a former Portuguese tennis player. He was the first Portuguese to reach the top 100 ATP rankings and held the record of highest ranked Portuguese ...more

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Filipe Teixeira West Bromwich Albion F.C. Filipe Andrade Teixeira is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Romanian club FC Petrolul Ploiești as an attacking midfielder.

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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.