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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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Cristiano Ronaldo
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Cristiano Ronaldo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Vasco da Gama
(Explorer)
Vasco da Gama
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Ferdinand Magellan
(Navigator, Explorer)
Ferdinand Magellan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Luís Figo
(Football Player)
Luís Figo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.
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António Guterres
(9th Secretary-General of the United Nations)
António Guterres
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Listed In: Leaders
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

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José Mourinho
(Football Manager)
José Mourinho
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Daniela Ruah
(Actress and Director Known for Her Role as ‘Kensi Blye’ in TV Series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’)
Daniela Ruah
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Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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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Bernardo Silva
(Portuguese Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Bernardo Silva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Ricardo Quaresma
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ricardo Quaresma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon

Ricardo Quaresma is a Portuguese football player best known for his tricks, such as the rabona and curl. He played for Portugal from 2003 to 2018, during which he represented his team at three European Championships, including UEFA Euro 2016, which Portugal won. Ricardo Quaresma was named Primeira Liga Player of the Year in 2006.   

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Diogo Jota
(Portuguese Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Diogo Jota
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Massarelos, 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.

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Anthony of Padua
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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.

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Daniela Melchior
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Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
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António de Oliveira Salazar
(Former Acting President of Portugal)
António de Oliveira Salazar
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Listed In: Leaders
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.
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Carmen Miranda
(Brazilian Actress and Samba Singer Known for Her Signature Tall Hats Made of Real Fruit)
Carmen Miranda
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Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Died: August 5, 1955

Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba dancer, singer, film star, and Broadway actress. Nicknamed The Brazilian Bombshell, Miranda is credited with popularizing the fruit hat outfit in the USA. Her performances also popularized Brazilian music and helped increase awareness of Latin culture. Her life and career inspired a documentary titled Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business.

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Deco
(Retired Professional Football Player and Sports Agent)
Deco
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Renato Sanches
(Portuguese Footballer Who Became the Youngest Player from the Country to Play in an International Tournament)
Renato Sanches
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal
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Pepe
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Pepe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maceió, Brazil

Pepe is a football player who plays for the Portugal national team and FC Porto. Counted among the leading defenders of his generation, Pepe played important roles in Portugal's championship-winning performances in the 2016 UEFA European Championship and the 2019 UEFA Nations League. He was named Süper Lig Defender of the Year in 2018.

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André Villas-Boas
(Portuguese Football Manager )
André Villas-Boas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
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Bartolomeu Dias
(Portuguese explorer)
Bartolomeu Dias
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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. 

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Henry the Navigator
(Portuguese Prince and Main Initiator of Age of Discovery)
Henry the Navigator
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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. 
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Rui Patricio
(Portuguese Football Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Rui Patricio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marrazes, Portugal

Rui Patricio is a Portuguese football player who plays as a goalkeeper. He was part of the national team that won the UEFA European Football Championship title in 2016. He also helped his team win the UEFA Nations League in 2019. Rui Patricio has also represented his country in two World Cups.

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Alba Baptista
(Actress)
Alba Baptista
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Birthdate: July 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Teresa Heinz
(Businesswoman, Philanthropist and Wife of Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry)
Teresa Heinz
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.
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Sara Sampaio
(Portuguese Model, Best Known for Being a Victoria's Secret Angel)
Sara Sampaio
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Birthdate: July 21, 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. 

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André Gomes
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
André Gomes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grijó, Portugal

André Gomes is a Portuguese football player who plays for the Portugal national team. In 2016, he helped his country win the UEFA European Football Championship title. André Gomes has also represented popular clubs like Barcelona and Benfica and is currently an important member of the Everton Football Club.

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Jorge Mendes
(Portuguese Football Agent)
Jorge Mendes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Jorge Mendes is a Portuguese football agent who is currently registered with the Portuguese Football Federation. Widely regarded as one of the most influential football agents, Jorge Mendes was adjudged Best Agent of the Year on ten occasions between 2010 and 2020 at the Globe Soccer Awards. Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez, and Diego Costa are some of his well-known clients.

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Joaquim de Almeida
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Birthdate: March 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, Portugal
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Cédric Soares
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Cédric Soares
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singen (Hohentwiel), Germany

Cédric Soares is a Portuguese football player who plays as a defender for the Portugal national team. He was part of the team that won the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship and also represented Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Apart from his national team, Cédric Soares is also currently a part of the Arsenal Football Club.

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Zico
(Brazilian Retired Footballer and One of the Most Clinical Finishers and Best Passers Ever)
Zico
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Zico is a Brazilian former football player renowned for his excellent technical skills. Counted among the best passers and finishers of all time, Zico was often called the White Pelé. Zico is also counted among the greatest players of all time and is widely regarded as one of the best free kick specialists in history.

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Pedro I of Brazil
(Former Emperor of Brazil (1822 - 1831))
Pedro I of Brazil
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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.

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William Carvalho
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
William Carvalho
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola

William Carvalho is a Portuguese football player who plays for the Portugal national team. He has represented his country in two European Championships and two World Cups. In 2016, he helped Portugal win the UEFA European Football Championship title. William Carvalho was also part of the team that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019.

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Nani
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Nani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

Nani is a Portuguese football player who represented the national team from 2006 to 2017. He played an important role in Portugal's victory at the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship. Nani was also an important player for Manchester United, winning the Premier League four times and the UEFA Champions League in 2008.

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José Fonte
(Portuguese Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
José Fonte
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penafiel, Portugal

José Fonte is a Portuguese football player who plays as a defender for the Portugal national team. He was part of the national team that won the UEFA European Football Championship title in 2016 as well as the UEFA Nations League in 2019. José Fonte also represented his nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  

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Bruno Alves
(Portuguese Former Footballer and Sporting Director of 'AEK Athens')
Bruno Alves
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
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Raphaël Guerreiro
(Portuguese Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder & Defender)
Raphaël Guerreiro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

Raphaël Guerreiro is a Portuguese football player who plays for the Portugal national team. He was part of the team that won the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship and the 2019 UEFA Nations League. Raphaël Guerreiro also represented his national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.

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Salvador Sobral
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Rui Costa
(Former Portuguese Footballer and President of the Sports Club 'Benfica')
Rui Costa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal
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Fernando Pessoa
(Portuguese Modernist Poet and Author of 'Mensagem' and 'The Book of Disquiet')
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.

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Nélson Semedo
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Nélson Semedo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Nélson Semedo is a Portuguese football player who plays as a defender for the Portugal national team. He was part of the national team that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019. Best known for his speed and dribbling skills, Nélson Semedo helped Benfica win the Primeira Liga in 2016 and 2017. He is currently playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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

Pedro Álvares Cabral was a Portuguese nobleman, navigator, explorer, and military commander. Regarded as a prominent figure of the Age of Discovery, Cabral is often remembered as one of the earliest Europeans to set his foot on Brazil. Pedro Álvares Cabral is also remembered for his voyage to India in a failed attempt to return to Europe with valuable spices.

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Philip IV of Spain
(King of Portugal (1621 - 1640), King of Spain (1621 - 1665))
Philip IV of Spain
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Birthdate: April 8, 1605
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 17, 1665

Philip IV of Spain was the king of Spain from 1621 to 1665 and the king of Portugal from 1621 to 1640. He was a fine horseman and a keen hunter but was considered a weak ruler with excessive dependence on the ministers. Even though the Spanish empire expanded considerably during his reign, he was not a popular king.

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Ricardo Carvalho
(Former Portuguese Football Player Who Played as a Centre Back )
Ricardo Carvalho
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amarante
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Manuel II of Portugal
(King of Portugal (1908-10))
Manuel II of Portugal
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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.
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José Saramago
(Portuguese Writer and Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998)
José Saramago
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Listed In: Writers
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.

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António Costa
(119th Prime Minister of Portugal )
António Costa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

António Costa is a Portuguese politician and lawyer. He is the current Prime Minister of Portugal, serving his second consecutive term. An important and influential politician, Costa has also held various ministerial offices apart from serving as the Mayor of Lisbon from 2007 to 2015. In 2017, the Government of India honored António Costa with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. 

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Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
(Portuguese Football Player Who Plays as a Full-Back)
Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Rafael Leao
(Portuguese Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Rafael Leao
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
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Sister Lúcia
(Religious sister)
Sister Lúcia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aljustrel, Portugal
Died: February 13, 2005
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Nuno Mendes
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back )
Nuno Mendes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sintra, Portugal
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Nuno Tavares
(Portuguese Football Player Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Nuno Tavares
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal