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.
Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
(Football Player)

05 February 1985

José MourinhoJosé Mourinho
(Football Manager)

26 January 1963

Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama
(Explorer)

1469 AD

Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan
(Navigator, Explorer)

1480 AD

Daniela RuahDaniela Ruah
(Actress)

02 December 1983

Luis FigoLuís Figo
(Former Portuguese Footballer)

04 November 1972

Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias
(Portuguese explorer)

1450 AD

Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa

13 June 1888

José SaramagoJosé Saramago
(Writer)

16 November 1922

Henry the NavigatorHenry the Navigator
(Portuguese Political figure)

04 March 1394

Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
(French chess player)

31 October 1892

Joaquim ChissanoJoaquim Chissano
(Former President of Mozambique)

22 October 1939

Luis de MatosLuis de Matos
(Magician)

23 August 1970

José Dinis AveiroJosé Dinis Aveiro
(Cristiano Ronaldo's Father)

1954 AD

Katia AveiroKatia Aveiro
(Singer)

05 October 1977

Maria Dolores dos Santos AveiroMaria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro
(Cristiano Ronaldo's Mother)

31 December 1954

Matilde FariaMatilde Faria
(Wife of José Mourinho)
Nuno Espírito SantoNuno Espírito Santo
(Association football player, Association football manager)

25 January 1974

António GuterresAntónio Guterres
(Politician, Engineer, Assistant professor)

30 April 1949

André GomesAndré Gomes
(Association football player)

30 July 1993

NaniNani
(Association football player)

17 November 1986

João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
(Association football player)

08 September 1986

Ricardo QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
(Association football player)

26 September 1983

Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
(Footballer)

11 March 1988

Carmen MirandaCarmen Miranda
(Actor, Singer, Dancer)

09 February 1909

António de Oliveira SalazarAntónio de Oliveira Salazar
(Economist, Politician, Educationist, University teacher)

28 April 1889

André Villas-BoasAndré Villas-Boas
(Association football manager)

17 October 1977

DecoDeco
(Association football player)

27 August 1977

Nuno BettencourtNuno Bettencourt
(Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer)

20 September 1966

Pedro I of BrazilPedro I of Brazil
(King)

12 October 1798

Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
(Association football player)

27 November 1981

José FonteJosé Fonte
(Association football player)

22 December 1983

Rui FonteRui Fonte
(Association football player)

23 April 1990

Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
(Association football player)

18 October 1993

Afonso de AlbuquerqueAfonso de Albuquerque
(Statesman)

1453 AD

Carol II of RomaniaCarol II of Romania
(King)

15 October 1893

Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
(Association football player)

18 May 1978

Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
(Association football player)

17 March 1983

Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
(Association football player)

15 March 1989

Manuel II of PortugalManuel II of Portugal
(King)

15 November 1889

Carlos CarvalhalCarlos Carvalhal
(Association football player, Association football manager)

04 December 1965

João SousaJoão Sousa
(Tennis player)

30 March 1989

Carlos QueirozCarlos Queiroz
(Association football player, Association football manager)

01 March 1953

Paulo BentoPaulo Bento
(Association football player, Association football manager)

20 June 1969

Rui CostaRui Costa
(Association football player)

29 March 1972

António CostaAntónio Costa
(Politician, Lawyer)

17 July 1961

Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
(Association football player, Association football manager)

30 August 1970

Paulo FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
(Association football player)

18 January 1979

Manuel I of PortugalManuel I of Portugal
(King)

31 May 1469

Eduardo CarvalhoEduardo Carvalho
(Association football player)

19 September 1982

Eduardo CarvalhoEduardo Carvalho
(Portuguese footballer)

19 September 1982

Marcelo Rebelo de SousaMarcelo Rebelo de Sousa
(Politician, University teacher, Journalist)

12 December 1948

John VI of PortugalJohn VI of Portugal
(King)

13 May 1767

Afonso I of PortugalAfonso I of Portugal

25 July 1109

Maria II of PortugalMaria II of Portugal
(Queen)

04 April 1819

SilasSilas
(association football player)

01 September 1976

VieirinhaVieirinha
(Association football player)

24 January 1986

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo
(Navigator)

13 March 1499

Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
(Association football player)

11 May 1986

Carlos I of PortugalCarlos I of Portugal
(King of Portugal)

28 September 1863

Jorge JesusJorge Jesus
(Association football player, Association football manager)

24 July 1954

Ricardo Vaz TêRicardo Vaz Tê
(Association football player)

01 October 1986

José BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
(Association football player)

24 August 1982

John I of PortugalJohn I of Portugal
(King)

11 April 1357

Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes
(Association football player)

01 October 1990

PauletaPauleta
(Association football player)

28 April 1973

José Manuel BarrosoJosé Manuel Barroso
(Politician, President)

23 March 1956

Jorge CostaJorge Costa
(Association football player, Association football manager)

14 October 1971

Simão SabrosaSimão Sabrosa
(Association football player)

31 October 1979

Ricardo Sá PintoRicardo Sá Pinto
(Association football player, Association football manager)

10 October 1972

Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
(Association football player)

05 July 1976

John III of PortugalJohn III of Portugal
(King)

07 June 1502

Tiago MendesTiago Mendes
(Association football player)

02 May 1981

Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
(Association football player)

02 August 1982

José PeseiroJosé Peseiro
(Association football player, Association football manager)

04 April 1960