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Top 5 most talented Portuguese players in Football History

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Now let’s go to Portugal, the other half of Iberia that has some of the most talented Portuguese players in Football History.

This wouldn’t be a good series if we didn’t talk about the Top 5 most talented Portuguese players in football history, there is an obvious name that tops this list but we also have to talk about other greats of this sport that gave us so much to enjoy during their careers. Players from Portugal will always stand out for their offensive capabilities, they have that latin blood that got combined with South American blood and gave us the Brazilians long ago, which means they have a major source of talent that has given us at least one of the biggest players in football history but also some very interesting additions who need to be mentioned on this special series. Without further ado, we give you the Top 5 most talented Portuguese players in football history.

1.- Cristiano Ronaldo.

At the very start of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo was already proving that he would be an illustrious Portuguese player. But nobody ever imagines the scope of his achievements in football, today we are before who can arguably be considered one of the two greatest football players in modern football beside Lionel Messi. Cristiano even got what the Argentine never could, which was a major title with his country after winning the European Championship in 2016 for Portugal. Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or during his career, he is the all-time Champions League top scorer, and he is still playing at the top of his game at 33 years old. Even as a seasoned veteran, we still don’t know where the trophy-winning and goal-scoring career will end, but he is already at the very top.

2.- Eusebio.

The first all-time great that Portugal produced, born in Mozambique but raced in Portugal and arguably the most talented Portuguese striker who ever lived. During his prime, Eusebio was a Pele contemporary and always lived under his shadow despite having an incredible talent as an offensive player. With 31 titles under his belt at club level, Eusebio was the first Portuguese player in history to win the Ballon d’Or and was the best ever from his country until Cristiano Ronaldo made his appearance.

3.- Luis Figo.

Before we were struck by Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatness, the Sporting Clube school of wingers produced an incredibly talented player in Luis Figo. During the early stages of his career, he played for FC Barcelona after Sporting and became one of the Catalan club’s most important players, but he betrayed the club by making that shocking move to Real Madrid where he won two Champions League trophies. With his country, Figo was always close to winning a trophy but he could never produce that winning tournament despite his incredible talent as a dribbler.

4.- Rui Costa.

Portugal was historically more famous for producing wingers, but they did produce one exquisite playmaker in Rui Costa. The Benfica product had his best years as a professional between 2002 and 2005, during that time he played for Italian giants AC Milan and won all the trophies possible during those two years. On the international stage, Rui Costa was part of that talented Portugal squad that hosted the 2004 European Championship but lost the final against an ultra-defensive Greece. Costa returned to play for his beloved Benfica after AC Milan and finished his career there in 2008.

5.- Paolo Futre.

The first great Portuguese player who came decades after Eusebio had made his impact in the world of football, Futre began his successful career playing for Porto and winning the first European Cup in the club’s history back in the 1986-1987 season. During that year, Futre was considered the second best European footballer behind Dutchman Ruud Gullit. Later in his career as a more seasoned player, Paolo managed to win two Copa del Rey trophies for Atletico Madrid in the early nineties and later won the Serie A title playing for AC Milan.

Which other Portuguese players would you add to this list? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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