The Portuguese Abroad: Where are they?

Portuguese football is forever expanding and Portuguese footballers are everywhere! Whilst the biggest concentration of Portuguese players is naturally in Portugal, Europe is also filled with Portuguese talents both young and established, internationally capped and uncapped.

What league has the most Portuguese players?

I have used the TransferMarkt official database to categorise all of the Portuguese players who are active in Europe’s top 10 leagues EXCLUDING Portugal (As per the official UEFA Coefficient Ranking). The data has then been ranked from 1-9 in terms of number of Portuguese players!

Use the below statistics to keep tabs on those players playing across the continent or simply stock up on some football trivia!

(As this is based on the 19/20 season, any player that is loan to a team in another league will be counted towards his loan club’s league, as opposed to his parent club)

1st English Premier League – 17 players

André Gomes – Everton

Ricardo Pereira – Leicester City

Diogo Dalot – Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United

João Cancelo – Manchester City

Bernardo Silva – Manchester City

Cédric Soares – Southampton

Domingos Quina – Watford

Gonçalo Cardoso – West Ham United

João Moutinho – Wolves

Rúben Neves – Wolves

Pedro Neto – Wolves

Bruno Jordão – Wolves

Rui Patricio – Wolves

Rúben Vinagre – Wolves

Diogo Jota – Wolves

Daniel Podence – Wolves

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Bruno Jordão and Pedro Neto, the latest Portuguese additions to the Wolves ranks

Joint 2nd Turkish Süper Lig 14 players

Marafona – Alanyaspor

Pedro Rebocho – Besiktas JK

Tiago Lopes – Denizlispor

Daniel Candeias – Genclerbirligi Ankara

André Castro – Göztepe

Beto – Göztepe

Miguel Veira – Istanbul Basaksehir FK

Miguel Lopes – Kayserispor

Ricardo Quaresma – Kasimpasa

Jorge Fernandes – Kasimpasa

Tiago Pinto – MKE Ankaragücü

Hugo Vieira – Sivasspor

Ivanildo Fernandes – Trabzonspor

João Pereira – Trabzonspor

Joint 2nd Spanish La Liga – 14 players

João Félix – Atlético de Madrid

Kevin Rodrigues – CD Leganés

Nélson Semedo – FC Barcelona

Vitorino Antunes – Getafe CF

Domingos Duarte – Granada CF

Rui Silva – Granada CF

Hernani – Levante UD

Rúben Vezo – Levante UD

William Carvalho – Real Betis

Paulo Oliveira – SD Eibar

Rony Lopes – Sevilla CF

Daniel Carriço – Valencia CF

Gonçalo Guedes – Valencia CF

Thierry Correia – Valencia CF

4th Ligue 1 – 11 players

Gelson Martins – AS Monaco

Adrien Silva – AS Monaco

Gil Dias – AS Monaco

Matis Carvalho – HSC Montpellier

Pedro Mendes – HSC Montpellier

Renato Sanches – LOSC Lille

Xeka – LOSC Lille

José Fonte – LOSC Lille

Tiago Djaló – LOSC Lille

Mathias Pereira Lage – SCO Angers

Antony Lopes – Olympique Lyon

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Adrién Silva and Gelson Martins training at AS Monaco

5th Italian Serie A  – 6 players

Rafael Leão – AC Milan

Miguel Veloso – Hellas Verona

Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus

Mário Rui – Napoli

Bruno Alves – Parma Calcio

Jorge Silva – SS Lazio

6th  Belgium Jupiler Pro League – 6 players

Aurélio Buta – Royal Antwerp

Ivo Rodrigues – Royal Antwerp

Diogo Queiros – Royal Excel

Leonardo Rocha – KAS Eupen

Orlando Sá – Standard

Jorge Teixeira – Sint-Truidense

7th  Russian Premier Liga – 5 players

Miguel Cardoso – Dinamo Moscow

Manuel Fernandes – FK Krasnodar

Ricardo Alves – FK Orenburg

João Mario – Lokomotiv Moscow

Éder – Lokomotiv Moscow

8th  Bundesliga – 3 players

Raphaël Guerreiro – Borussia Dortmund

André Silva – Eintracht Frankfurt

Gonçalo Paciência – Eintracht Frankfurt

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On loan André Silva links up with Gonçalo Paciência at Frankfurt

9th Ukrainian Premier Liga  – 2 players

João Teixeira – FK Oleksandria

Christian Ponde – Karpaty Lviv

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