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Think there is nothing more to Portugal than its sun-kissed beaches, fairytale-inspiring castles, finger licking food and Cristiano Ronaldo? If yes, then you have been surely living under a rock all these years. Agreed, Portugal takes the cake (and the spotlight too!) when it comes to its scenic bounties, its simple and delicious meal and the soccer sensation. But the land of vineyards, pretty towns and fascinating fairs, is also home to some great men and women the world has ever known. Jose Mourinho , Eusebio, Mariza, Jose Saramago, Luis Figo, Francisco and Diogo Arruda, and Vasco da Gama are just a few of the famous Portuguese to whom the world heaps paeans. And the list does not end there. Without ado, let us get on with the biographies of famous Portuguese people to have ever walked the earth. Their memoir accounts for their timelines, trivia, and lesser-known facts. Read on.

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 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Leaders
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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 Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Portuguese-American actress, Daniela Rua,h is best known for her role in the TV series, NCIS: Los Angeles. She began acting as a teenager and went on to study performing arts at the London Metropolitan University. She then trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before commencing her professional career. She works in both Portuguese and American films.

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 8 Zico

Zico
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 9 Ricardo Quaresma

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

 10 Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 11 Bernardo Silva

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

 12 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.

 13 Bartolomeu Dias

Bartolomeu Dias.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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 Deco

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

 15 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. 

 16 André Gomes

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

 17 Alba Baptista

Alba Baptista
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 18 Sara Sampaio

Sara Sampaio.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Sara Sampaio is a Portuguese actress and model renowned for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel. One of the most popular Portuguese models of her generation, Sampaio has been honored with Portuguese Golden Globes under the Best Female Model category on several occasions. In 2014, she became the first Portuguese model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 

 19 João Moutinho

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

 20 Teresa Heinz

Teresa Heinz.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Portuguese-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Teresa Heinz is the widow of H. J. Heinz Company heir and former American senator John Heinz and the wife of former American secretary of state John Kerry. She chairs the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. She focuses on women’s issues and environmental concerns.

 21 José Fonte

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

 22 André Villas-Boas

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football manager
Birthdate: October 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porto

 23 Rui Patricio

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

 24 Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marco de Canaveses
Died: August 5, 1955

 25 Rui Costa

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

 26 António de Oliveira Salazar

António de Oliveira Salazar.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 27 William Carvalho

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola

 28 Ricardo Carvalho

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

 29 Bruno Alves

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

 30 Jorge Mendes

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

 31 Salvador Sobral

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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa.
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 35 Cédric Soares

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

 36 Nuno Bettencourt

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

 37 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.

 38 Carlos Queiroz

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

 39 Allan

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

 40 Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon

 41 José Saramago

José Saramago.
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 42 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.

 43 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.

 44 Pedro Álvares Cabral

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

 45 Paulo Sousa

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

 46 Adrien Silva

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

 47 Daniela Melchior

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal

 48 Jorge Jesus

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

 49 Maria de Medeiros

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 50 António Costa

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon