Every Portuguese Player to Score in the Premier League

With the likes of Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes and Pedro Neto starting the 2020/21 season strongly, Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada takes a look at every Portuguese player to score in the Premier League, with insight and clips of some of the best.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 84 goals (Manchester United)

A man accustomed to being at the top of the tables, the Portuguese boy-wonder played primarily as a winger for United, increasing his productivity year on year for the Red Devils. His record of 84 goals in 196 appearances is even more impressive when you take into account that his first four seasons yielded just 4, 5, 9 and 9 goals respectively. In his last three seasons, he kicked it up a notch, returning from the World Cup stronger and more driven. Gary Neville told Sky Sports of the difference in Ronaldo “I think that when he came back from the World Cup that summer it was like everything had changed. His maturity and his decision-making, which was a big thing, his experience, his physical attributes had completely changed overnight”. Ronaldo would go on to score 17, 31 and 18 goals respectively in his last three seasons before completing a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The rest is, as they say, history.

Luís Boa Morte – 29 goals (Fulham, West Ham United, Arsenal)

Boa Morte made his Premier League debut in 1997 for Arsenal. He was one of Arsène Wenger’s first signings in charge of the North London club and was part of the side that won the league in 1997-98. Despite winning both and charity shield at Arsenal, it was at Fulham where Boa Morte enjoyed his best football, playing six seasons for Fulham in the top flight and scoring the majority of his 29 league goals for the Lilywhites (26).

Nani – 26 goals (Manchester United)

Bruno Fernandes – 25 goals (Manchester United)

Diogo Jota – 24 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool)

Bernardo Silva – 21 goals (Manchester City)

Rúben Neves – 11 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Pedro Neto – 8 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Ricardo Vaz Tê – 8 goals (Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United)

José Fonte – 7 goals (Southampton)

Ricardo Carvalho – 7 goals (Chelsea)

Both Fonte and Carvalho are the highest ranking defenders on the list for goals with seven each.

Raul Meireles – 7 goals (Liverpool and Chelsea)

Pedro Mendes – 6 goals (Tottenham Hostpur and Portsmouth)

Ivan Cavaleiro – 6 goals (Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Ricardo Pereira – 5 goals (Leicester City)

Deco – 5 goals (Chelsea)

Daniel Podence – 4 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fábio Silva – 4 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

José Dominguez – 4 goals (Tottenham Hotspur)

Tiágo – 4 goals (Chelsea) 

Hélder Costa – 4 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds)

Bruno Ribeiro – 4 goals (Leeds United)

José Bosingwa – 3 goals (Chelsea and QPR)

João Moutinho – 3 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Hugo Porfirio – 3 goals (West Ham United and Nottingham Forest)

Cédric Soares – 2 goals (Arsenal and Southampton)

Dani – 2 goals (West Ham United) 

Dani was the first Portuguese player to play in the Premier League. He played under Harry Redknapp for West Ham United in the 1994/95 season.

Abel Xavier – 2 goals (Everton and Liverpool)

Manuel Fernandes – 2 goals (Everton)

Hugo Viana – 2 goals (Newcastle United)

João Mário – 2 goals (West Ham United)

Orlando Sá – 1 goal (Fulham)

João Cancelo – 1 goal (Manchester City)

André Gomes – 1 goal (Everton)

Silvestre Varela – 1 goal (West Bromwich Albion)

Hélder Postiga – 1 goal (Tottenham Hotspur)

Nélson Oliveira – 1 goal (Swansea City)

Domingos Quina – 1 goal (Watford FC)

Hélder – 1 goal (Newcastle United)

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