FC Porto is the second most decorated and best team in the Portuguese top league, Primeira Liga, and because of this a lot of top players have made it to their history and are still interested in a move to the legendary Portuguese club.
The club comes second behind Benfica on the list of clubs with the most Primeira Liga championships. In the intercontinental stage, FC Porto has established itself as one of the finest clubs in Europe, and of course, they have won figures of European titles and compete in at least European football campaigns every year.
Moreover, almost every top player would want to be considered FC Porto’s best player of all time, hence due to this fact, I will be discussing the best players that have their names in the Portuguese club history.
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10 Best Ever Players To Play For FC Porto
1. Fernando Gomes
Arguably, Fernando Gomes is the best FC Porto player of all time. The recognition massively came in after he helped FC Porto claim the Primeira Liga title in the 1978/79 season after a 20-year drought. He also helped Porto to win the 1984 Cup Winners’ Cup.
Unfortunately for Fernando Gomes, he sustained an injury in 1987 and was sidelined in that year’s European Cup Final despite being a significant impactful player throughout the competition.
He wore the Portugal team national shirt in the 1984 European Championship and the 1986 World Cup, and this made him considered the best FC Porto player of all time.
Aside from being the Club legend, Fernando Gomes gave it all for his nation with a couple of other legends, including the likes of Joao Pinto, Deco, and Ricardo Carvalho.
Despite playing for a lot of clubs before joining FC Porto in 1999, Deco is still considered one of the best players to ever play for the Portuguese club.
Deco was a born Brazilian who started football at an early age and afterward found himself playing for legendary FC Porto.
Deco established himself as FC Porto’s Champions League win in the 2003/04 campaign and did it again with Barcelona FC in the 2005/06 season. On the international stage, Deco dedicated his life to playing for the Portugal national team
Within some years with the Portugal national team, Deco immediately earned 75 caps and emerged as one of the best players to ever play for the Portuguese national team.
During his generation, he was the first player to win the UEFA Best Midfielder Award while playing for two different clubs, Porto and Barcelona.
3. Rabah Madjer
Radah Madjer famously became a Porto player in the 1980s and is currently recognized as one of the greatest Algerian and FC Porto players of all time.
He spent 6 years at the Portuguese club and won 9 major titles, including 3 national championships and the 1987 European Cup (UEFA Champions League). Having hung his boots, Rabah Madjeh went into coaching as he managed many clubs and spent time with his national team. His influence was indeed felt at FC Porto.
4. Teofilo Cubillas
Teofilo Cubillas may not be known by this generation that much but his generation knew him for his shooting skills, set-piece techniques, and creativity. In the 1970s, he quickly emerged as one of the top players and one of FC Porto’s best players.
Teofilo earned major honors, including FIFA awards for the best young player, a bronze boot in Mexico in 1970, a silver boot, and a squad member of the Argentina team in 1978.
5. Mario Jardel
In his time, Mario Jardel was one of the most clinical Europe strikers. With 274 games, he scored 266 goals, and that is to show you how productive Mario Jardel was.
He played for several teams in England, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Cyprus, Australia, and Bulgaria. Moreover, for two years, he was the European Golden Boot winner.
At his peak, he spent those years at Sporting CP, FC Porto, and Galatasaray. Unfortunately, he was not given enough chances in the Brazilian national team as there were more than many sharp strikers in the Brazilian national team as of then.
Well, he luckily secured 10 games for Brazil and scored 1 goal. However, even with his misfortune with the Brazil national team, he was able to be recognized as an FC Porto legend.
6. Joao Pinto
Joao Pinto spent years playing for FC Porto as a fullback to be known as one of their best players, and he indeed earned it.
With FC Porto, he won 9 league titles and the European Cup in 1987. He earned 70 caps for the Portuguese national team, competed in the 1986 World Cup final, and also in the 1984 European championship.
The Portugal International established himself as one of the greatest FC Porto defenders. He played 16 years as a professional player for FC Porto and helped the club to win their first 3 league titles in a row. After the 1996/97 season, Pinto retired as Porto legend with 18 trophies.
Pepe secured a move to Porto in the early 2000s while he was already one of the best defenders in Portugal. Dating back to 2007, he secured a move to Real Madrid and won major titles, including UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and other top titles.
Pepe is technically from Brazil but he plays for the Portuguese national team. Also, he was among the Portugal squad that won their first-ever International trophy.
8. Ricardo Quaresma
Ricardo Quaresma kicked off his professional career at Sporting CP before securing a move to Barcelona in 2003 as a top talented winger.
Moreover, after three years of experience with Porto, he secured a move to Inter Milan and Besiktas. With Portugal, he had a fantastic Euro tournament in 2016 when Portugal won its first major international trophy.
He scored a goal against Croatia in the round of 16 and a winning penalty goal against Poland in the quarterfinals. Moreover, during his active days, he emerged as FC Porto’s best player.
9. Jorge Costa
Despite not starting his professional career at Porto, Jorge Costa spent his whole career playing for FC Porto.
He was Porto FC’s captain for a few seasons and won the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the UEFA Champions League with them in 2004 under Jose Mourinho.
On the International stage, he was a squad member of the Golden Generation, which won the U-20 World Cup in 1991. He joined the Portugal squad in the Euro 2000 competition and the World Cup in 2002. In addition, he established himself as one of the best players of FC Porto.
10. Vitor Baia
Despite being a teen, Vitor Baia saw a quick development in his career, won 27 championships, and remained with his club as an ambassador.
Vitor Baia made his first-team debut for FC Porto against Vitoria de Guimaraes. After his debut, he never lost his starting spot for the next few seasons, winning 5 leagues, and two domestic cups, and scoring 116 goals.
Today, he is one of the most famous FC Porto legends.
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Quite some soccer icons have played for FC Porto with most of them playing for the Portuguese national team too.
So, having mentioned some of the FC Porto best players of all time, you can use the comment section to tell me about your best FC Porto player of all time.
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