Famous Portuguese Men

Portugal has been one of the oldest countries in Europe. With a rich history and scenic landscapes, the country has been making a strong impression around the globe and so are its country men. While the younger generation would swear by Cristiano Ronaldo, the soccer sensation, to be the best gift that Portugal gave the world; there is more to Portuguese men than just soccer. Turn the pages of history and you would find a long list of Portuguese men who transformed the way the world worked. Remember Vasco de Gama, the first person to sail directly from Europe to India, thus opening maritime trade route between Europe and Asia – his successful travel was a momentous event in the history of navigation. Or even Francisco de Almeida who served as the first governor or Viceroy of the Portuguese State of India.

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 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Funchal, Portugal

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the world's highest-paid athletes. He is a versatile attacker capable of playing on either wing as well as through the center of the pitch. He has the distinction of being the first European to score 100 international goals.

 2 Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1469 AD
Birthplace: Sines, Portugal
Died: December 24, 1524

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first to link Europe and Asia through an ocean route, when he reached Calicut in 1498, thus enriching Portuguese trade with Asia. He made a second voyage later. He was made Count of Vidigueira in 1519 and the viceroy of India in 1524.

 3 Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan
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Famous As: Navigator, Explorer
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Sabrosa
Died: April 27, 1521

Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, is remembered for organizing the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522. A skilled sailor and naval officer, he was in service of the Portuguese crown in Asia. He was killed during the Battle of Mactan. The Pacific Ocean was often called the Sea of Magellan in his honor until the 18th century.

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 4 Luís Figo

Luís Figo
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: November 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
Portuguese former footballer Luís Figo has had successful stints with Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan. He made a La Liga record with 106 assists, the second-highest in the league. He participated in two World Cups for Portugal and was named the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year.

 5 António Guterres

António Guterres
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Famous As: 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Birthdate: April 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lisbon

António Guterres is a Portuguese diplomat and politician who served as Portugal's prime minister from 1995 to 2002. A favorite among the masses, Guterres was ranked the best prime minister of Portugal over the last 30 years in polls conducted in 2012 and 2014. In 2009, he was named in Forbes magazine's list of world's most powerful people

 6 José Mourinho

José Mourinho
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: January 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Setúbal, Portugal

When it comes to great football managers, Jose Mourinho’s name comes right at the top. He is regarded as one of the most tactfully brilliant managers ever, even though his defensive style has at times been criticised. He has had great stints with Premier League clubs like Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

 7 Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich
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Famous As: Owner of Chelsea F.C. Owner of Millhouse Capital Owner of Evraz
Birthdate: October 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Roman Abramovich is an Israeli-Russian businessman and politician. Over the years, he has played an influential role as the primary owner of Millhouse LLC and as the owner of the popular Premier League football club Chelsea F.C. Roman Abramovich is one of the richest persons in the world and has donated over US$2.5 billion to various charitable causes between 1999 and 2013.

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 8 Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Diogo Jota is a Portuguese football player who plays for the popular Premier League club, Liverpool. Before signing with Liverpool, Diogo Jota played for other popular teams like Atlético Madrid and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jota is also a prominent member of the Portugal national team.

 9 Ricardo Quaresma

Ricardo Quaresma
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon

 10 Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 11 Anthony of Padua

Anthony of Padua
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: August 15, 1195
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: June 13, 1231

Thirteenth-century Portuguese Catholic priest Anthony of Padua was the friar of the Franciscan Order. He is remembered for his self-less devotion to the poor and the sick and is revered as the patron saint of lost items. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

 12 Deco

Deco
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 13 Bartolomeu Dias

Bartolomeu Dias
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Famous As: Portuguese explorer
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Algarve
Died: May 29, 1500

Bartolomeu Dias was a nobleman of the Portuguese royal household in the 15th century. Famous as an explorer, he sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa and set up a route from Europe to Asia. He became the first European to anchor in Cape Good Hope, South Africa, during the Age of Discovery. He perished in 1500. 

 14 Henry the Navigator

Henry the Navigator
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: March 4, 1394
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
Died: November 13, 1460
Henry the Navigator was a central figure in the 15th-century European maritime expansion and maritime discoveries. He is credited with the early development of Portuguese maritime trade and exploration. He is also credited with developing a new and much lighter ship called the caravel, which changed the way sailors sailed at that time. 

 15 André Villas-Boas

André Villas-Boas
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Famous As: Football manager, Race car driver
Birthdate: October 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

 16 Rui Patricio

Rui Patricio
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marrazes, Portugal

 17 Jorge Mendes

Jorge Mendes
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Famous As: Sports agent
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 18 Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches
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Famous As: Football midfielder
Birthdate: August 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

 19 Pepe

Pepe
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Famous As: Footballer centre back
Birthdate: February 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maceió, Brazil

 20 William Carvalho

William Carvalho
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola

 21 José Fonte

José Fonte
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Famous As: Football - Centre-back for Portugal
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penafiel, Portugal

 22 Zico

Zico
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Famous As: Football player - Attacking Midfielder for Brazil
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 23 Raphaël Guerreiro

Raphaël Guerreiro
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Famous As: Footballer left-back position
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

 24 Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, Portugal

 25 Pedro I of Brazil

Pedro I of Brazil
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Famous As: King of Portugal (1826), Emperor of Brazil (1822-31)
Birthdate: October 12, 1798
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queluz, Portugal
Died: September 24, 1834

Pedro I of Brazil was the founder of the Empire of Brazil and reigned as its emperor from 1822 to 1831. He also ruled over Portugal before abdicating the throne in favor of Dona Maria II. He is credited with spreading the liberal ideals that enabled Portugal and Brazil to move to representative forms of government from absolutist regimes.

 26 Salvador Sobral

Salvador Sobral
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 27 Bruno Alves

Bruno Alves
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Famous As: Football centre back Position
Birthdate: November 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal

 28 André Gomes

André Gomes
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Famous As: Football player - Central midfielder
Birthdate: July 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grijó, Portugal

 29 Rui Costa

Rui Costa
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

 30 Pedro Álvares Cabral

Pedro Álvares Cabral
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1467 AD
Birthplace: Belmonte, Portugal
Died: 1520 AD

 31 Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa
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Famous As: Portuguese Modernist Poet and Author of 'Mensagem' and 'The Book of Disquiet'
Birthdate: June 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: November 30, 1935

Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, translator, and publisher. A prolific writer, he is considered one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century. While he mostly wrote in the Portuguese language, he also wrote in English and French occasionally. Besides writing under his own name, he also wrote under approximately 75 other names.

 32 Nélson Semedo

Nélson Semedo
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Famous As: Footballer right-back
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 33 João Moutinho

João Moutinho
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portimão

 34 Nani

Nani
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Famous As: Football player Winger
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

 35 Ricardo Carvalho

Ricardo Carvalho
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amarante

 36 José Saramago

José Saramago
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Azinhaga, Portugal
Died: June 18, 2010

José Saramago was a Portuguese writer who was honored with the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago's books have sold more than two million copies in Portugal alone and have been translated into 25 languages. Among other awards, Saramago has also been honored with the Camões Prize and America Award. He is also credited with establishing the José Saramago Foundation.

 37 Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira

Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
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Famous As: Football full-back Position
Birthdate: October 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 38 Eder

Eder
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Famous As: Football forwarder position
Birthdate: December 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

 39 Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
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Famous As: Politician, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: December 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon

 40 Manuel II of Portugal

Manuel II of Portugal
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Famous As: King of Portugal (1908-10)
Birthdate: November 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: July 2, 1932
Son of King Carlos I, Manuel II, was the last king of Portugal. While he came to power after his father’s assassination, he had to flee to England after the Portuguese monarchy was dissolved by a revolution. He later devoted himself to books and published Early Portuguese Books.

 41 António Costa

António Costa
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Portugal
Birthdate: July 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 42 Jorge Jesus

Jorge Jesus
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amadora

 43 Nuno Mendes

Nuno Mendes
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Famous As: Football player - Left-back
Birthdate: June 19, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sintra, Portugal

 44 Catherine of Braganza

Catherine of Braganza
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 25, 1638
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palace of Vila Viçosa, Vila Viçosa, Portugal
Died: December 31, 1705

 45 Rafael Leao

Rafael Leao
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Famous As: Football Forwarder
Birthdate: June 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal

 46 Joel Castro Pereira

Joel Castro Pereira
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Famous As: Footballer goalkeeper position
Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boudevilliers, Switzerland

 47 Afonso de Albuquerque

Afonso de Albuquerque
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 1453 AD
Birthplace: Vila Franca de Xira
Died: December 16, 1515

 48 Nuno Tavares

Nuno Tavares
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Famous As: Footballer left-back
Birthdate: January 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 49 Bebé

Bebé
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Famous As: Football player - Winger, Midfielder
Birthdate: July 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agualva-Cacém, Portugal

 50 Leonardo Jardim

Leonardo Jardim
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Famous As: Football manager
Birthdate: August 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barcelona, Venezuela

Portuguese men made their worth count in the literary field as well with giants like Jose Antoio Camoes, Joao de Deus, Almeida Garrett, Pedro Correia Garcao penning verses and poetry. Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho was an aviation pioneer and the first to cross South Atlantic Ocean by air. Each of them and many more contributed greatly in Portuguese history and civilization. Read through this write-up, details about the life and works of famous Portuguese men.