Portugal’s Most Iconic Football Players

By Peter C

Here is a list of some of Portugal’s greatest or most iconic football players in history.

Luis Figo

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With 127 national caps, Figo claimed the FIFA Player of the Year award in 2001. He also received the Balloon d’Or in 2000.

Figo has the second-highest number of assists in La Liga history with 106.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Juventus forward has achieved incredible success in his professional career. His trophy-laden career and goalscoring exploits for club and country are out of this world. He currently holds the joint record for most goals scored at the international level.


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Pepe is one of the finest defenders the world has ever seen and he is also one of the greatest Portuguese players we have ever seen.

The enigmatic man currently plays for FC Porto but had featured for Besiktas, Maritime and Real Madrid. He won 3 La Liga and UEFA Champions league each with the Spanish club.

Vitor Baia

Baia was born in 1969 and made his international debut represented Portugal at various international competitions. He claimed 27 titles with FC Porto and also represented FC Barcelona but his career with the Catalans was plagued by injuries.


This legend was known for his goalscoring abilities. His goal conversion rate is one of the greatest ever seen. Eusebio netted 41 times in 64 appearances for Portugal.

He was nicknamed the “Black Panther,” and during his professional career, he scored a total of 733 goals in 745 professional games.