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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.

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 dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese...  more
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    Portugal national football team
    Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha ComM (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani (Portuguese...  more
  • 3
    Artur Paulo Oliveira da Silva (born 24 December 1968 in Guimarães), known as Best, is a...  more
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    FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
    Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes (born 7 August 1983), commonly known as Danny, is a Portuguese...  more
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    Carlos Alberto Fernandes (born 8 December 1979), known simply as Carlos, is an Angolan...  more
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    Ariza Makukula

    Ariza Makukula (born 4 March 1981) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a centre...  more
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    Maria Fernanda Moreira Ribeiro, GCIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃dɐ ʁiˈbɐjɾu], born 23...  more
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    Francis Obiorah Obikwelu, GOIH (born 22 November 1978) is a retired Nigerian-born Portuguese...  more
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    Moisés Constantino Henriques is a professional Portuguese-born Australian cricketer who...  more
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    Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos Mota, GCIH, GCM (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁɔzɐ ˈmɔtɐ]; born...  more
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    José Bosingwa

    Chelsea F.C.
    José Bosingwa da Silva (born 24 August 1982), known as Bosingwa, is a Portuguese retired...  more
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    Vanessa de Sousa Fernandes GOIH ComM OM (Portuguese pronunciation: [vɐˈnɛsɐ fɨɾˈnɐ̃dɨʃ]; born...  more
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    Jéssica de Barros Augusto, ComM (born 8 November 1981) is a Portuguese runner who competes in...  more
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    Daniel "Danny" Silva (born 1973 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey) is an American-born Portuguese...  more
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    Francisco Santos may refer to: Francisco Dos Santos (born 1974), Brazilian...  more
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    Raul Meireles

    Portugal national football team
    Raul José Trindade Meireles (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁɐˈuɫ mɐjˈɾɛl(ɨ)ʃ]; born 17 March...  more
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    José Luís Vidigal

    C.F. Estrela da Amadora
    José Luís da Cruz Vidigal (born 15 March 1973) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played...  more
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    Chelsea F.C.
    Anderson Luís de Souza (born 27 August 1977), known as Deco (Portuguese pronunciation:...  more
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    Carla Cristina Paquete Sacramento OIH (born 10 December 1971 in São Sebastião da Pedreira) is...  more
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    Eusébio da Silva Ferreira GCIH GCM (European Portuguese: [ewˈzɛβju ðɐ ˈsiɫvɐ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; 25...  more
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    Vera Lúcia Montez dos Santos (born 3 December 1981 in Santarém, Lezíria do Tejo) is a...  more
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    Luís Carlos Lourenço da Silva (born 5 June 1983 in Luanda, Angola), known as Lourenço, is a...  more
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    Portugal national football team
    Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (born 31 August 1985), known simply as Rolando, is a Portuguese...  more
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    Real Madrid
    Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira ComM (born 26 February 1983), known as Pepe (Brazilian...  more
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    Luís Figo

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