Athletes Famous Athletes from Portugal

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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.

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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.
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
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
Artur Paulo Oliveira da Silva, commonly known as Best, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
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
Rio Ave FC
Carlos Alberto Fernandes, simply known as Carlos, is an Angolan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.
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
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
Francis Obiorah Obikwelu is a Portuguese sprinter specialized in 100 metres and 200 metres. He obtained Portuguese citizenship in 2001.
Moisés Constantino Henriques is a professional Portuguese-born Australian cricketer who currently plays for the New South Wales Blues.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carla Cristina Paquete Sacramento, OIH is a middle distance runner from Portugal.
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
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
UD Alzira
Luís Carlos Lourenço da Silva, known as Lourenço, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward.
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.
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
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