Diogo Jota celebrated his Liverpool league debut with a delightful goal, and in doing so has taken his tally to 17 for Premier League goals, placing him at fifth in the list of all-time Portuguese goalscorers in the division. 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)
Bernardo Silva – 19 goals (Manchester City)
The crafty midfielder is currently first for most Premier League goals out of the active Portuguese players in the league.
Diogo Jota – 17 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool)
Diogo scored his first goal for Liverpool on his Premier League debut for The Reds and considering his position, we wouldn’t bet against him overtaking Bernardo Silva soon.
Bruno Fernandes – 9 goals (Manchester United)
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)
Rúben Neves – 6 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Ricardo Pereira – 5 goals (Leicester City)
Deco – 5 goals (Chelsea)
José Dominguez – 4 goals (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tiágo – 4 goals (Chelsea)
Bruno Ribeiro – 4 goals (Leeds United)
Pedro Neto – 4 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
José Bosingwa – 3 goals (Chelsea and QPR)
Ivan Cavaleiro – 3 goals (Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Hélder Costa – 3 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds)
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)
João Moutinho – 2 goals (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Orlando Sá – 1 goal (Fulham)
Daniel Podence – 1 goal (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
André Gomes – 1 goal (Everton)