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.

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 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.

 4 Luís Figo

Luís Figo.
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Famous As: Former Portuguese Footballer
Birthdate: November 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, 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 Zico

Zico
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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 8 Ricardo Quaresma

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

 9 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.

 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 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. 

 13 Henry the Navigator

Henry the Navigator.
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Famous As: Portuguese Political figure
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. 

 14 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

 15 André Gomes

André Gomes
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porto

 16 João Moutinho

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

 17 José Fonte

José Fonte
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penafiel, Portugal

 18 Rui Patricio

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

 19 André Villas-Boas

André Villas-Boas
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Famous As: Association football manager
Birthdate: October 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porto

 20 Rui Costa

Rui Costa
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon

 21 António de Oliveira Salazar

António de Oliveira Salazar.
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Famous As: Former Acting President of Portugal
Birthdate: April 28, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vimieiro (Santa Comba Dão), Portugal
Died: July 27, 1970
Portuguese economist António de Oliveira Salazar had been the prime minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. He had also been the minister of defense and finance, among others. He led to the Estado Novo, or New State, in Portugal. He opposed Nazism and fascism, and demilitarized his country.

 22 William Carvalho

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

 23 Bruno Alves

Bruno Alves
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Póvoa de Varzim

 24 Ricardo Carvalho

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

 25 Jorge Mendes

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

 26 Salvador Sobral

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

 27 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

 28 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

 29 Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa.
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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.

 30 Cédric Soares

Cédric Soares
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singen (Hohentwiel), Germany

 31 Nuno Bettencourt

Nuno Bettencourt
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: September 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Praia da Vitória

 32 Shiloh Fernandez

Shiloh Fernandez.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ukiah, California, United States

Shiloh Fernandez is an American actor known for his performance in TV series like United States of Tara and Jericho. Apart from acting, Fernandez has also tried his hand at production and screenwriting; he made his debut as a producer and screenwriter in the 2014 drama film Queen of Carthage, in which he also played the lead role of Amos.

 33 Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira

Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon

 34 Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: March 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nampula

 35 Allan

Allan
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 36 José Saramago

José Saramago.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Azinhaga
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 Pedro I of Brazil

Pedro I of Brazil.
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Famous As: First Emperor of Brazil
Birthdate: October 12, 1798
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queluz Palace, Lisbon, 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.

 38 Manuel II of Portugal

Manuel II of Portugal.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belém Palace, 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.

 39 Pedro Álvares Cabral

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

 40 Paulo Sousa

Paulo Sousa
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Viseu

 41 Adrien Silva

Adrien Silva
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Angoulême

 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 António Costa

António Costa
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon

 44 Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: December 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Braga

 45 Nani

Nani
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Praia

 46 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

 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 Pauleta

Pauleta
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ponta Delgada

 49 Nuno Gomes

Nuno Gomes
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarante

 50 Tiago Mendes

Tiago Mendes
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Viana do Castelo

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.