Find out more about the greatest Portuguese, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Daniela Ruah and Bartolomeu Dias.

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

Daniela RuahDaniela Ruah
(Actress)

02 December 1983

Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama
(Explorer)

1469 AD

Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan
(Navigator, Explorer)

1480 AD

Luis FigoLuís Figo
(Former Portuguese Footballer)

04 November 1972

Fernando PessoaFernando Pessoa

13 June 1888

Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias
(Portuguese explorer)

1450 AD

José SaramagoJosé Saramago
(Writer)

16 November 1922

Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
(French chess player)

31 October 1892

Henry the NavigatorHenry the Navigator
(Portuguese Political figure)

04 March 1394

Joaquim ChissanoJoaquim Chissano
(Former President of Mozambique)

22 October 1939

Luis de MatosLuis de Matos
(Magician)

23 August 1970

Ricardo QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
(Association football player)

26 September 1983

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

01 March 1953

NaniNani
(Association football player)

17 November 1986

António GuterresAntónio Guterres
(Politician, Engineer, Assistant professor)

30 April 1949

José FonteJosé Fonte
(Association football player)

22 December 1983

Nuno Espírito SantoNuno Espírito Santo
(Association football player, Association football manager)

25 January 1974

Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
(Association football player)

27 November 1981

DecoDeco
(Association football player)

27 August 1977

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

17 October 1977

João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
(Association football player)

08 September 1986

Carmen MirandaCarmen Miranda
(Actor, Singer, Dancer)

09 February 1909

Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
(Footballer)

11 March 1988

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

28 April 1889

André GomesAndré Gomes
(Association football player)

30 July 1993

Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
(Association football player)

15 March 1989

Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
(Association football player)

18 May 1978

Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
(Association football player)

17 March 1983

Rui CostaRui Costa
(Association football player)

29 March 1972

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

04 December 1965

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

Carol II of RomaniaCarol II of Romania
(King)

15 October 1893

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

24 July 1954

Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
(Association football player)

18 October 1993

Manuel II of PortugalManuel II of Portugal
(King)

15 November 1889

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

12 December 1948

Afonso de AlbuquerqueAfonso de Albuquerque
(Statesman)

1453 AD

Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
(Association football player)

05 July 1976

Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes
(Association football player)

01 October 1990

António CostaAntónio Costa
(Politician, Lawyer)

17 July 1961

PauletaPauleta
(Association football player)

28 April 1973

Luís Boa MorteLuís Boa Morte
(Association football player)

04 August 1977

Rui FonteRui Fonte
(Association football player)

23 April 1990

Manuel I of PortugalManuel I of Portugal
(King)

31 May 1469

Tiago MendesTiago Mendes
(Association football player)

02 May 1981

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

30 August 1970

Simão SabrosaSimão Sabrosa
(Association football player)

31 October 1979

Eduardo CarvalhoEduardo Carvalho
(Association football player)

19 September 1982

Eduardo CarvalhoEduardo Carvalho
(Portuguese footballer)

19 September 1982

Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
(Association football player)

02 August 1982

Maria II of PortugalMaria II of Portugal
(Queen)

04 April 1819

SilasSilas
(association football player)

01 September 1976

Afonso I of PortugalAfonso I of Portugal

25 July 1109

Paulo FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
(Association football player)

18 January 1979

José BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
(Association football player)

24 August 1982

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

28 September 1863

ManicheManiche
(Association football player)

11 November 1977

John VI of PortugalJohn VI of Portugal
(King)

13 May 1767

Ricardo Domingos Barbosa PereiraRicardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
(Association football player)

06 October 1993

José Manuel BarrosoJosé Manuel Barroso
(Politician, President)

23 March 1956

John I of PortugalJohn I of Portugal
(King)

11 April 1357

Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
(Association football player)

23 May 1984

João SousaJoão Sousa
(Tennis player)

30 March 1989

Sebastian of PortugalSebastian of Portugal
(King)

20 January 1554

Paulo FutrePaulo Futre
(Association football player)

28 February 1966

Afonso III of PortugalAfonso III of Portugal
(King)

05 May 1210

Luís de CamõesLuís de Camões
(Portuguese poet)

1524 AD

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo
(Navigator)

13 March 1499

Vítor BaíaVítor Baía
(Footballer)

15 October 1969

John III of PortugalJohn III of Portugal
(King)

07 June 1502

Nélson OliveiraNélson Oliveira
(Association football player)

08 August 1991

Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
(Association football player)

11 May 1986