Ranking Portugal's top 5 goalscorers of all time

Aakash Purkayastha

#3 Eusebio - 41 goals

adidas Penalty Day/Golden Boot Event-2010 FIFA World Cup
adidas Penalty Day/Golden Boot Event-2010 FIFA World Cup

Eusebio is one of the most important Portuguese players to have changed the game we all have come to love. The Portuguese center forward's extraordinary technique and ruthless desire to score goals has defined generations.

Eusebio enjoyed the status of being arguably one of the greatest football players of all time and has a trophy record of a serial winner. He is SL Benfica's greatest player of all time, having won the 1965 Ballon D'Or. He is also a 11-time winner of the Portuguese League, a five-time Portuguese Cup winner, and winner of the 1961-62 European Cup.

On the international stage, Eusebio made his debut in October 1961 against Luxembourg and scored a goal. Since the debut, he went on to make a further 63 appearances for Portugal's national football team and scored a total of 41 goals.

Eusebio at Stamford Bridge 1964

#2 Pauleta - 47 goals

Group D Angola v Portugal - World Cup 2006
Group D Angola v Portugal - World Cup 2006

Pauleta is another Portuguese player with a fine goalscoring record that lines him second in Portugal's all-time goalscoring charts. His impressive numbers in front of goal surely make him a standout performer for his national side.

The now 48-year-old was an accomplished striker who went on to win some of football's most illustrious trophies. During his time in France with Paris Saint-Germain, he announced his talents to the world. He went on to set the top scoring records across 01-02, 05-06, and 06-07 seasons.

Pauleta is the winner of the the 1999-2000 La Liga title with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain. Later in his career, Pauleta went on to win the French Cup twice in 2003-04 and 2005-06 during his time at Paris Saint-Germain. He also added double French League Cups to his name in 2001-02 and 2007-08.

He made his debut against Armenia in August 1997. Since then, he went on to score 47 goals in 88 appearances for his Portuguese national side.

Happy 48th birthday to Pauleta!The man from the Açores is second on Portugal’s all time goalscorer list! A player who certainly knew where the back of the net was.All the best, Pauleta!

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo - 115 goals

Portugal v Netherlands - UEFA Nations League Final
Portugal v Netherlands - UEFA Nations League Final

Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably Portugal's and the football world's greatest player ever. His exploits for the national team have been well documented. He deserves major credit behind them winning their first European Championship in 2016.

The five-time Ballon D'Or winner has been the Portuguese side's greatest goalscorer with over 115 goals to his name in 184 appearances. He made his debut aged 18 in 2003 against Kazakhstan in a friendly fixture.

Cristiano Ronaldo is still firing goals as Portugal's 2022 World Cup qualification hopes hang in doubt. They failed to qualify through the qualifiers and will now have to go through the play-offs. They've got a tough group as well. They face Turkey in the semis. If they win, they will face either Italy or North Macedonia to book a place in the 2022 World Cup.

Ronaldo will be hoping to add yet another World Cup performance to his remarkable CV should his national side qualify.

Portugal before Ronaldo:Only qualified for 3 World CupsOnly qualified for 3 EurosNo major trophiesPortugal since Ronaldo:Qualified for 4 World CupsQualified for 4 EurosWon 2 major trophies

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Edited by Aditya Singh
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