Portugal is considered one of the greatest footballing countries in the world. It has a rich footballing history and has produced some of the greatest players who have graced the game.
Portugal remains a force in world football and currently has one of the strongest and deepest teams on the international stage.
Portugal has come to the fore lately. After a disappointing start to the 21st century on the international stage, Portugal rebounded once again by winning the Euro 2016. They went on to win the inaugural UEFA Nations League a few years later.
The current Portugal squad is full of talented players who play for some of the best clubs in the world. Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the best Portuguese players at the moment.
#5 Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Bruno Fernandes may not be scoring as many goals as usual this season, but he remains Manchester United’s main midfield engineer. After the arrival of Rondo, Fernandez moved into a deeper role.
The 27-year-old may not be the youngest footballer on the planet, and while he’s trying to create chances for his team, he ends up playing many loose balls. But there is no denying the fact that he is one of the most creative footballers on the planet.
Fernandez is said to be having a disappointing season by his own standards. But he scored nine goals and 14 assists in 37 games in all competitions this year. He provided seven assists in the Champions League, the record for any player since the start of the season.
#4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).
Cristiano Ronaldo has given many great performances for Manchester United this season. He was particularly impressive during the group stages of the Champions League. Ronaldo scored six goals in the group stage, as Manchester United finished top of Group F and advanced to the playoffs.
But the 37-year-old is also suffering from a lot of slack in the current campaign. Ronaldo’s lack of goals had a negative impact on the Red Devils, as the veteran striker struggled to help his team through a difficult period.
But Ronaldo still had a good season, scoring 18 goals and providing three assists in 33 games in all competitions. His impressive hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur on March 12 is arguably his best performance of the season.
#3 Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah was in such exceptional form with Liverpool that he stole all the limelight. But Jurgen Klopp’s team is far from dependent on a single player. They have strong players all over the field and currently have one of the best offensive units in all of Europe.
Portugal striker Diogo Jota has been excellent with Liverpool this season. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker can play anywhere on the front line and is one of the strongest attackers in the Premier League today.
The finishing touch he played and hooked up in the final third is fantastic. Although not the tallest striker in the world (178 cm), Jota also scored some headers.
The Portugal international is technically gifted and agile, and his work rate is also commendable. These qualities make him one of the most complete strikers in Europe.
He has scored 18 goals and three assists in 38 games in all competitions for Merseysiders so far this season.
#2 Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Joao Cancelo is one of the best defenders in the world. He has been in fantastic form with Manchester City this season and interestingly enough he has not been consistently featured in his favorite right-back position.
Cancelo has played most matches at left-back, but the 27-year-old has proven to be very comfortable on the left side for Manchester City this season.
Cancelo is one of Manchester City’s main creators and one of the most technically proficient players in the world. It is almost impossible to make him lose the ball. Able to pass, cross and shoot with both feet, he is as athletic and nimble as you would like for a full-back.
In 38 matches in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s men this season, Cancelo scored three goals and provided eight assists.
#1 Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Bernardo Silva is one of Manchester City’s most successful players this season. They seemed invincible at times, and they dominated the entire games thanks to the world class staff present in their ranks.
Silva embodies the kind of player Pep Guardiola loves to build his squad around. His ability to hold the ball is exceptional and he has the vision and technique to consistently make passes that split the defense. This is an essential feature for any Manchester City midfielder, who regularly faces teams spreading low blocks against him.
Silva has produced many amazing performances for Manchester City this season and he is arguably the best Portuguese player in the world right now. The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals and four assists in 38 games in all competitions so far this season.