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Best XI: Portugal in the 21st century

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STUTTGART, GERMANY – JULY 08: Pauleta of Portugal during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Third Place Play-off match between Germany and Portugal played at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium on July 8, 2006 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer before Cristiano Ronaldo and the man who emulated the great Eusebio – Pauleta scored 47 goals in 88 appearances in the national jersey.

Pauleta also took part in the EURO 2004 when the Portuguese side reached the final, but lost 1-0 to Greece in one of the greatest upsets in the European Championship’s history.