Portugal is one of the most popular countries in the world. In football, it’s also popular due to the great players it had in the past and the ones it has currently. They have always been one of the strongest sides in the national and worldwide competition. The aspect which this article will touch is their players, the most valuable Portuguese footballers currently in the world.
Portuguese footballers are highly rated and valuable, below is a list of ten of the most valuable Portuguese footballers. I bet you will guess wrong the footballers who occupy the first spot.
10. Francisco Trincao (Barcelona) – €30 million.
Francisco Trincao started his professional career in his hometown with Sporting Braga in 2018 before switching to Barcelona in January this year. After being capped for Portugal national team for the first time in August 2020, he has played three games for the team but is yet to register his first goal.
9. Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – €35 million.
Nelson Semedo recently joined Wolves after he was made to know that his services were no longer needed at Barcelona. The Wolves right back have been capped fifteen times for his nation, he hasn’t opened account for goalscoring yet.
8. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) – €36 million.
Joao Cancelo came into the limelight due to his performance in Serie A with the champions Juventus in 2018, it earned him a move to Manchester City the following year. After playing for the Portuguese team at all youth levels, he was chosen among the squad to play the UEFA Nations League final in 2019 on their home soil of which they were the eventual winners.
7. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – €40 million.
After a successful spell at Wolves, he was signed this summer by the premier league defending champions Liverpool. He represented his country at three different youth levels before he made his senior international debut in 2019, being part of the squad that won the UEFA Nations League on their home soil. He has scored three goals in seven appearances for Portugal.
6. Ruben Dias (Manchester City) – €50 million.
Ruben Dias recently joined Manchester City from Benfica, he has made just one appearance for the citizens since his move. The former Benfica centre back represented Portugal at all youth levels and was awarded a call up to the senior national team in 2019 ahead of the UEFA Nations League which they hosted and won.
5. Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – €50 million.
Ruben Neves plays the role of a midfielder on the pitch for Wolves, he has been an active member of the squad since 2017 when he was signed from FC Porto. The midfielder’s first call-up came in 2015 for friendlies as an injury replacement for Joao Moutinho. Since then he has gone on to play for them in competitive matches like the FIFA World Cup of 2018 and the UEFA Nations League. He has played 18 games for the side but is yet to score his first international goal.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – €60 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the overall all-time highest goal scorer of Portugal and he is the most popular Portuguese player in the world currently due to his success. He has won the Ballon dor award on five different occasions, he is the first European player to score over 100 international goals. The Juventus forward has scored 101 goals in 167 appearances for Portugal.
3. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – €80 million.
Bruno Fernandes recently followed the footstep of moving from Sporting CP to Manchester United, since his move he has earned praises from the Red Devils fans and head coach. Prior to his international debut, he represented Portugal at different youth stages. His first call-up came in 2017 and ever since he has been an active member of the squad wearing the No.11 shirt. He has scored just two goals in twenty-two appearances for his country.
2. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – €80 million.
Bernardo Silva is jointly the most valuable Portuguese player with Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Atletico Madrid winger Joao Felix. The Manchester City winger had a significant role in his club becoming the first EPL club to win the domestic treble in 2019 and was named Manchester City player of the season. Silva was previously capped for Portugal under-19 and under-21 before he was picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup, and 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals. He was a member of the squad that won the UEFA Nations League on their home soil in 2019. He has scored 19 goals in 106 appearances for the Portugal National team.
1. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – €80 million.
Joao Felix is one of the most promising Portuguese footballers, he is the youngest footballer from Portugal on the list. The attacking midfielder is widely known for his speed, dribbling skills, and finishing. He was signed by Atletico Madrid for a club-record fee also the fourth most expensive football transfer and the second-highest paid for a teenager. His senior team call-up came during the Semifinals of the 2019 UEFA Nations League which Portugal reached the final and won it. He has just made nine appearances for his country and has scored just one goal.