Portugal is a Football Loving country and over the years we have seen many star footballers ascending from Portugal. Many of these Portuguese went on to set many records in the history of football. Their exceptional soccer skills, speed, dribbling, and passing skills made them one of the best Portuguese footballers.
From Cristiano Ronaldo to Diogo Jota many Portuguese footballers thrilled football fans with their performance. Their exceptional goal-scoring abilities, speed, and powerful shots lead Portugal to victory many times. In return, these star footballers emerged as the greatest Portuguese footballers of their generations. Here is the list of Top 10 Best Portuguese Footballers of all time.
#1. Portuguese National Football Hero Cristiano Ronaldo takes the top spot on our list. He is not only the best Portuguese footballer of all time but also the best football player and one of the greatest football players of all time. Also Known by the nickname of CR7, Ronaldo currently plays for Manchester United in Premier League and is captain for the Portugal National Team.
After playing for Portugal U15 in 2001, Ronaldo finally debuted for Portugual in 2003. Since then, he has made 184 appearances for Portugal and scored 115 goals. Ronaldo won the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and UEFA Nations League 2018 for Portugal.Cristiano Ronaldo has also won FIFA Ballon d’Or/Ballon d’Or awards and also received FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008. He was the La Liga’s Best Player in 2013 and also won European Golden Shoe four times.
Ronaldo currently holds the record for most international goals by a male player (115). One of the greatest football players of all time in the world, he also earns his name on our list of greatest Portuguese footballers of all time.
#2. At number 2 on our list, we have another Portuguese Professional Footballer named Bruno Fernandes. He is one of the best Portuguese footballers of all time who currently plays for Manchester United and Portugal National Football team. Bruno is well known among football fans for his work rate, playmaking, leadership, and goal-scoring skills.
Bruno Fernandes joined the Portugal U19 football team in 2012. After playing for U20, U21, and U23 teams, He was finally selected to represent Portugal in the National Football team in 2017. The following year he won Portugal the UEFA Nations League 2018–19.
Bruno Fernandes won Primeira Liga Player of the Year in 2017, and 2018. He was also the UEFA Europa League top scorer for the 2019–20 season with his 8 goals. Marvelous achievements in football have made Bruno Fernandes one of the best Portuguese Footballers of all time and he earns his name for this feat on our list.
#3. Retired Portuguese Professional Footballer Ricardo Carvalho earns the third spot on our list. He is regarded as one of the best players of his generation. During his career, he played Centre Back for Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Monaco, Shanghai SIPG, and Portugal National Team.
After beginning his professional Football Career with Porto in 1997, Ricardo Carvalho joined Portugal National team in 2003. He managed to win UEFA European Championship 2016 for Portugal during his career. Apart from this, he also claimed three Premier League titles, Two Football League Cup titles, One La Liga Title, and One Copa Del Rey for the different clubs.
Carvalho received UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year in 2003. Not only this but he was included in the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament Portugal 2004. Moreover, he was also nominated in FIFA FIFPro World XI 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2011.
For Such stunning football stats, Ricardo Carvalho surely deserves a spot on our list of greatest Portuguese Footballers of all time.
#4. Late Mozambican-Bron Portuguese Professional Football Player Eusébio da Silva Ferreira also joins our list at the 4th spot. He is considered one of the greatest Football Players of all time and S.L. Benfica’s greatest ever played. He was nicknamed Black Panther, the Black Pearl, and o Rei (the King). Eusebio earned his name for his athleticism, techniques, and Speed that made him a Profolic player during his career.
After starting his professional Football career with Sporting Lourenço Marques in 1957, he joined the Portugal National Football team in 1961. During his career, he played for 10 Football Clubs. Eusebio lead Portugal to third place in FIFA World Cup 1966.
He won Ballon d’Or in 1965 and also received European Golden Shoe in1968 (first winner) and1973. Eusebio was the top scorer at European Cup in 1965, 1966, and 1968. He won FIFA World Cup, Golden Boot, in 1966. Moreover, he was also listed in the FIFA 100 and also won the Golden Foot Legends Award in 2003.
One of the Greatest Football Players to ever play the game, Eusebio undoubtedly was one of the greatest Portuguese Footballers of all time.
#5. Modern Day Portuguese Footballer Bernado silva also puts together on our list. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Manchester City and Portugal National Team. He is known for his diminutive, elegant, and creative gameplay.
Bernardo joined the Portugal U19 team in 2013. Two years later he moved to Portugal National Team in 2015. He has played club football for Benfica, Monaco, and Manchester City. Bernardo lead Portugal to the victory in UEFA Nations League 2019.
Not only this, but he also claimed 3 Premier League titles, 4 EFL Cups, and 2 EFL Community Shield titles for Manchester City. Apart from it, Barnardo also won the Manchester City Player of the Year award in 2018. Above all, he is among the best Portuguese Players of all time. Therefore, he earns his name to be on our list.
#6. Former Portuguese Football Player Paulo Ferreira also makes it on our list at the 6th spot. He is one of the best Portuguese Footballers of all time. Paulo played as a full back for the Estroli, Vitória Setúbal, Porto, Chelsea, and Portugal National Team during his career.
He started his professional football career with Estroli in 1997. Three years later, he joined Portugal U21, and finally, he became the part of Portugal National Football team in 2002. He was a prominent player at UEFA European Championship 2004 and lead his team to the finals.
Paulo was included in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2002 and ESM Team of the Year in 2003. He claimed three Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, and UEFA Champions League 2011 for Chelsea as well. Above all, Paulo Ferriera was one of the best players of his generation and he deserves his place on our list.
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#7. Another Former Portuguese Football Player Luis Boa Morte earns the 7th spot on our list. He played as a midfielder and winger during his career and was one of the greatest players to ever play for Portugal. Luis started his Professional Football career with Sporting CP in 1996. He joined Portugal national Team in 2001.
During his career, Luis boa Morte played for Sporting CP, Arsenal, Southampton, Fulham, West Ham United, AEL, Orlando Pirates, and Chesterfield. He won Premier League 1997 and FA Charity Sheild 1998 and 1999 for Arsenal. Apart from it, Luis was also awarded Fulham Player of the Year in 2004.
Above all, he earns his place on our list of greatest Portuguese Footballers of all time due to these stunning football stats.
#8. Modern Day Portuguese Football Player Rafa Silva makes the 8th spot on our list. He plays as a winger for the Benfica and Portugal National Team. He is one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world right now. He has won many games for his team with his attacking capabilities.
Rafa Silva started his professional football career with Feirense in 2012. He joined the Portugal U20 team in 2013 and one year later he was selected for the Portugal National Football team. He has also played for Braga in the past.
Rafa Silva won the UEFA European Championship 2016 for Portugal. He also claimed two Premiera League titles for Benfica. Apart from it, he has also been awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit for his services in football.
#9. Another Portuguese National Football Player Jose Fonte Joins our list at the 9th spot. He plays as a center-back for Lille and Portugal National Football team. Fonte started his professional football career with the Sporting CP B team in 2002. He was selected in the Portugal B team in 2006. However, he made his debut for the Portugal National Team in 2014.
Jose Fonte has played for Felgueiras, Vitória de Setúbal, Benfica. He also represented Crystal Place, Southampton, West Ham United, Dalian Yifang and Lille in Club football. Fonte lead Portugal to the victory in UEFA European Championship 2016.
Jose Fonte Won the Ligue 1 2020 for the Lille. Moreover, He was also named Southampton Player of the Season twice in 2010, and 2014.
Above all, Jose Fonte earns his name on the list of greatest Portuguese footballers of all time.
#10. Finally, Portuguese Star Footballer Diogo Jota makes the last spot on our list. He plays as a Forward for Liverpool, and also represents the Portugal National Football team. Jota started his professional football career with Paços de Ferreira in 2014. He also played for Portugal U19, U21, and U23 before joining the National football team in 2019.
He won UEFA Nations League 2018–19 season for Portugal. Not only this, but he also led his club Wolverhampton Wanderers to the victory in EFL Championship 2017–18. He was awarded Liverpool Player of the Month twice in October 2020, and November 2020.
So far, Diogo Jota has scored 8 goals in 22 appearances for Portugal. However, he earns his name on our list of the Greatest Portuguese Footballers of all time due to his excellent goal-scoring skills.