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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
(Football Player)

Cristiano Ronaldo
185
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
7
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
20
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
3
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

 6 
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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Roman Abramovich
(Owner of Chelsea F.C. Owner of Millhouse Capital Owner of Evraz)

Roman Abramovich
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Roman Abramovich is an Israeli-Russian businessman and politician. Over the years, he has played an influential role as the primary owner of Millhouse LLC and as the owner of the popular Premier League football club Chelsea F.C. Roman Abramovich is one of the richest persons in the world and has donated over US$2.5 billion to various charitable causes between 1999 and 2013.

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 8 
Daniela Ruah
(Actress)

Daniela Ruah
4
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.

 9 
Diogo Jota
(Football Player)

Diogo Jota
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Ricardo Quaresma
(Association football player)

Ricardo Quaresma
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon

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Bernardo Silva
(Football player)

Bernardo Silva
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

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Anthony of Padua
2
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

 14 
Carmen Miranda
(Actress, Singer)

Carmen Miranda
7
Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Died: August 5, 1955

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Deco
(Football player)

Deco
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 16 
Alba Baptista
(Actress)

Alba Baptista
1
Birthdate: July 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, 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
5
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
(Footballer)

Rui Patricio
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marrazes, Portugal

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Sara Sampaio
2
Listed In: Fashion
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. 

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Teresa Heinz
(Businesswoman)

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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Jorge Mendes
(Sports agent)

Jorge Mendes
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

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Renato Sanches
(Football midfielder)

Renato Sanches
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

 24 
Pepe
(Footballer centre back)

Pepe
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maceió, Brazil

 25 
José Fonte
(Football - Centre-back for Portugal)

José Fonte
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penafiel, Portugal

 26 
William Carvalho
(Football player)

William Carvalho
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola

 27 
Zico
(Football player - Attacking Midfielder for Brazil)

Zico
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 28 
Raphaël Guerreiro
(Footballer left-back position)

Raphaël Guerreiro
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

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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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Pedro I of Brazil
(King of Portugal (1826), Emperor of Brazil (1822-31))

Pedro I of Brazil
1
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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Salvador Sobral
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 32 
Bruno Alves
(Football centre back Position)

Bruno Alves
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal

 33 
André Villas-Boas
(Football manager, Race car driver)

André Villas-Boas
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

 34 
André Gomes
(Football player - Central midfielder)

André Gomes
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grijó, Portugal

 35 
Rui Costa
(Football player)

Rui Costa
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

 36 

Pedro Álvares Cabral
0
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.

 37 
Fernando Pessoa
(Portuguese Modernist Poet and Author of 'Mensagem' and 'The Book of Disquiet')

Fernando Pessoa
0
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.

 38 
Nélson Semedo
(Footballer right-back)

Nélson Semedo
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 39 
Nani
(Football player Winger)

Nani
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amadora, Portugal

 40 
João Moutinho
(Association football player)

João Moutinho
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portimão

 41 
Ricardo Carvalho
(Association football player)

Ricardo Carvalho
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amarante

 42 

José Saramago
1
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.

Catherine of Braganza
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Birthdate: November 25, 1638
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palace of Vila Viçosa, Vila Viçosa, Portugal
Died: December 31, 1705

 44 
Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
(Football full-back Position)

Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 45 
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
(Politician, University teacher, Journalist)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is a Portuguese academic and politician. He is the current President of Portugal, serving his second consecutive term. An influential politician, Marcelo has served as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Leader of the Opposition, and President of the Social Democratic Party. He has also worked as a legal scholar, political analyst, journalist, and law professor.

 46 
Eder
(Football forwarder position)

Eder
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

 47 
Manuel II of Portugal
(King of Portugal (1908-10))

Manuel II of Portugal
2
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.

 48 
António Costa
(Prime Minister of Portugal)

António Costa
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
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. 

 49 
Jorge Jesus
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Jorge Jesus
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amadora

 50 
Sister Lúcia
(Religious sister)

Sister Lúcia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aljustrel, Portugal
Died: February 13, 2005